Domain Names

16 March 2018 To Hide Individual's WHOIS Data, But Optional For Business, to Comply With GDPR

From mid-May individuals who have registered .at domain names will have their registrant details hidden by default, although they can have the data published if they wish, while businesses will continue to have their contact details published in WHOIS as is the case now. The change is a result of the looming introduction of the E.U.'s new privacy law.

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15 March 2018

SIDN Signs Up For Anycast Network RcodeZero In More Industry Consolidation

The Dutch and Austrian ccTLD managers, SIDN and, have signed a cooperation agreement under which all domains managed by SIDN will additionally be hosted on the anycast network RcodeZero DNS. The agreement was announced by SIDN’s CEO Roelof Meijer and CEO Richard Wein on the sidelines of the ICANN meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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03 March 2018

GDPR: EPAG's MD Explains The Nightmare on Registrar Street

At the recent Domain Pulse conference in Munich, on 22 and 23 February, the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was a focus of discussions both during conference presentations and panel discussions and during breaks. Its implementation is becoming a nightmare for many industries, with registries, both gTLD and ccTLD facing their own problems, and registrars.

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01 March 2018

5 Questions: Brian Cute, PIR CEO, On the State of the Domain Industry and the Challenges Ahead

Domain Pulse is starting a series of quick questions on the state of the domain name industry and what 2018 holds. Our first guest is Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, who touches on 2017, what are the big issues of 2018 including for .org, what are the growth areas for 2018 and will domain names continue to hold their relevance.

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1 in 3 gTLDs Shrink in 2017: CENTR Report

The global domain name market grew 1.2% in the year to the end of 2017 to a total of 331 million according to the latest CENTR DomainWire TLD Market Report.

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28 February 2018

GDPR: The Nightmare on ccTLD Street

The looming start date for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May is creating nightmares, even havoc, for many businesses not just in Europe, but for any business that collects data on citizens of the European Union. And ccTLD registries are one of those facing problems in how to deal with its implementation.

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26 February 2018

Registries Aren't Content Police, But Keeping Trust Is Reputationally Important: Domain Pulse

Registries universally said they’re not content police in a discussion on domain name take down processes involving legal counsels from the operators of 6 European registries, both generic and country code TLDs. However processes vary among the registries.

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23 February 2018

The Future and Privacy are Everywhere at Domain Pulse in Munich

Domain Pulse 2018 got underway in Munich at BMW Welt Thursday with a keynote to kick off proceedings that indirectly reassured the record 450 attendees their jobs may not be at risk after all due to emerging technologies. In a presentation by Matthias Horx, Trend Researcher and Futurologist from zukunftsInstitut, considered the most influential trend researcher and futurologist in the German-speaking world, he noted how the fear stories in the news about the potential loss of jobs in many industries due to emerging technology is largely overblown.

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16 February 2018

Global Domain Registrations Climb Up, But .NET and New gTLDs Slide Down

Global domain name registrations continue to rise, with approximately 332.4 million registrations at the end of 2017 across all top level domains, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief out today. The increase for the fourth quarter was approximately 1.7 million domain names, or 0.5%, from the third quarter and 3.1 million, or 0.9%, year over year.

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14 February 2018

auDA Goes Gung-Ho With Threats Some Registrants Could Lose Their Domain Names

auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, has decided to clamp down on a seemingly innocuous practice, that is of the occasional domain name registrant registering domain names with strings that are included on a Reserve List defined under Australian law.

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09 February 2018

Australia's Own ccTLD Not Good Enough for auDA!

Apparently Australia’s ccTLD isn’t good enough for auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body. In advertisements in daily papers promoting a series of seminars on “the biggest changes in 30 years” to .au, auDA deemed it better to use .ly domain name than .au!

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07 February 2018

Ireland's ccTLD .IE Has Best Year Ever in 2017, With 2018 Likely Even Bigger

It’s one of the smaller ccTLDs within Europe with one of the lower rates of domain names registered per capita, but Ireland’s .ie continues to power along having their best year ever with an average of 108 domain names registered every day. With eligibility restrictions set to be eased next month.

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Winning Registry of the Year Tops List of EURid's 2017 Achievements

EURid have announced that their winning the CENTR registry of the year award in 2017 was the icing on the cake for what was a very good year.

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Indian Cricket Involved in Domain Name Renewal Fiasco

A recent incident involving the domain name for the world’s largest and richest national cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has shown the perils of an organisation not maintaining their own domain names. The BCCI’s domain name for its official website,, went offline for a few days after the renewal fee wasn’t paid. And it ended up on a couple of aftermarket outlets.

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06 February 2018

ICANN Announces October 2018 As New Date for KSK Rollover

It was originally scheduled to happen in October 2017 but delayed just a couple of weeks before the scheduled date, then in December it was scheduled for the first quarter of 2018 and then delayed once more. Now ICANN has announced the KSK Rollover will happen in October 2018.

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01 February 2018

Singapore Asia’s #1 in Startup Mobility and Education in Asia: Youth Mobility Report

Singapore has been ranked Asia’s number one country for Start-up Mobility and in the Education sector according to a recent Youth Mobility Report (YMI) from the team behind the .asia TLD.

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31 January 2018

U.S. Govt's NTIA Has Preservation of WHOIS As Priority With Concerns It May Go Dark

Preserving WHOIS has become of the 2 main priorities internationally for the U.S. government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration with fears the service may go “dark and become a relic of the Internet's history.”

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Businesses in the Netherlands Love Their .NL, While Registrar Rewards Result in Big Rise in IPv6

Almost three-quarters (73%) of all businesses registering domain names in the Netherlands chose a .nl domain, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the .nl registry SIDN. This was more than 4 times the next most popular choice, .com, with 17% of all registrations while .eu was third (2%) and .org fourth (1%).

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28 January 2018

Austria's Internet Celebrating 4 Anniversaries in 2018

30 years ago Austria’s ccTLD was delegated. In 1998, the Austrian Registry was founded along with the reporting hotline for illegal content, Stopline. And then 10 years later (Austria’s Computer Emergency Response Team) was founded.

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25 January 2018

Donuts Releases Free Domain Name Search Tool Across Wide Range of TLDs

Donuts has released for public use a search tool to enable potential domain name registrants to search across a wide range of top level domains, not just those managed by Donuts. The tool, Relevant Name Search (RNS), is available for registrars and resellers to incorporate into their websites or to use for free from Donuts.

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24 January 2018

Donuts Sells HOME.LOANS In Biggest New gTLD Domain Sale Yet

Donuts announced Tuesday it sold the for $500,000 in what is believed to be the largest sale of any domain name for a new gTLD to date in a sale they brokered themselves.

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18 January 2018

ICANN Proposes Solutions To Deal With WHOIS and GDPR Conflicts

Enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming on 25 May and as of yet, ICANN still hasn’t worked out a way to deal with the conflicts between the collection of domain name registration data (WHOIS) and the requirements of GDPR.

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15 January 2018

EURid Report Finds IDNs Lead to More Diverse Content

Internationalised domain names are a key component of a truly multilingual internet. It’s slow progress making the internet, and the Domain Name System, truly multilingual. The introduction of IDNs started around a decade ago with hybridised IDNs – that is the top level domain being in ASCII characters and IDN characters available for the second, or sometimes third, level.

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10 January 2018

Cryptocurrency-Related Keywords Dominate .COM and .NET Registrations in December

The influence of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies continues to dominate .com and .net trending keywords according to the latest list from Verisign for the month of December.

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.PR Selects Afilias To Provide Registry Services As Afilias Suffers Security Incident

The provision of registry services for Puerto Rico's ccTLD, .pr, is now being outsourced with Afilias winning the contract to provide the services. According to an announcement from Afilias, the transition was completed on 7 January although no date was given for when the contract was signed.

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