Domain Names

10 April 2017

CENTR Calls For Nominations For 2017 CENTR Awards

CENTR has launched its call for nominations for the third edition of its CENTR Awards, which aim at highlighting ccTLD registry projects, teams and people that make a difference in the domain name industry.

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ICANN Reiterates It's Not An Online Content Regulator Following Claims It Should Do More On Child Abuse

ICANN has once again come out and said it’s job is not to regulate content online. In a post on the ICANN blog, Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division, writes following concerns from the Children’s Charities Coalition on Internet Safety that new gTLDs “may become new grounds for the functioning and distributing of child abuse content ... ICANN wants to confirm its position.”

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China Approves 5 Afilias TLDs For Sale Within Country

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has awarded 5 of Afilias’ gTLDs licences to allow them to be sold within the country, the registry operator announced last week.

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05 April 2017

MMX Sees One Million .VIP Registrations By End of 2017 On Back of Strong Chinese Demand

Demand from Chinese investors in new gTLDs remains strong and is largely responsible for the recent 200,000 new registrations in .vip, valued at $1.3 million, the registry MMX has reported.

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Domaining Europe Conference to Feature In Undeveloped Auction

The upcoming Domaining Europe conference is set to see some big domain names up for auction, including and

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03 April 2017

UK Child Protection Agency Finds 5 TLDs Account For 80% of Child Porn

Five top level domains accounted for 80% of all webpages identified as containing child sexual abuse images and videos, according to the 2016 annual report from the UK’s online reporting hotline for child sexual abuse, the Internet Watch Foundation, released today, with 57,335 URLs containing child sexual abuse imagery and these were hosted on 2,416 domains worldwide.

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29 March 2017

.AFRICA Announce Launch Schedule With Sunrise Commencing on 4 April

It took a couple of years to wind its way through the courts, and the vanquished DotConnect Africa hasn’t given up yet, but ICANN has delegated the right to operate the .africa new gTLD and the ZA Central Registry has announced the launch dates.

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Berlin Now Has One Million .DE Domains As .DE Growth Rate Declines

The German capital of Berlin passed the one million .de domain name registrations in 2016, with 1,006,806 domains registered to its inhabitants at the end of the year, ahead of Munich (600,538) and Hamburg (585,772). But on a per capita basis Osnabruck once again is the leader with 1,516 .de domains per 1,000 inhabitants, again far ahead of all its competitors. As in 2015 it was followed by Munich (420) and Bonn (413).

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23 March 2017

CENTR Report On Everything You Want To Know About What Happened At ICANN58

Did you want to know what happened at the recent ICANN meeting in Copenhagen? Or did you go and spend the week networking and socialising, and miss what happened in the meeting rooms? CENTR have produced a comprehensive report with 13 pages of meeting reports to get you through.

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DENIC Expands Services Becoming Official Provider Of Data Escrow for ICANN-Accredited Registrars

A number of top level domain registries are looking for more business opportunities. Some such as have ventured into providing backend registry services for new gTLDs. Others such as SIDN, the .nl registry has expanded by co-creating a DNS billing service in the Netherlands and taking over an e-identity company with 12 million users.

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22 March 2017

MMX Targets One Million .VIP Registrations And Asian Expansion Of Its New gTLDs

Minds Machines Group, aka MMX, who operates 26 new gTLDs with over 852,000 domains under management has announced it is targeting one million .vip registrations as part of an expansion into Asia.

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21 March 2017

Makeway.World Launches Stats Hub Tool To Monitor .BRAND Usage

There are 568 brands that have launched their own gTLD in 41 countries with 6,856 domains registered, an average of 12.07 domains per brand gTLD today. But previously finding this usage information was difficult. So now MakeWay.World has launched Stats Hub to enable a quick and easy way to see how many domain names each .brand gTLD has registered, how they’re being used, and any other TLDs owned by that applicant.

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20 March 2017

.NZ Works To Resolve "Conflicted" Domains

The .NZ Domain Name Commissioner has issued proposed changes to enable the resolution of “conflicted” domain names following the release of second level domains. The changes aren’t changes to the process, which currently has no time limits, but rather one of engagement and requiring action to resolve the conflict.

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16 March 2017

'More Clearly Define The Intelligibility And Authenticity Of Art Enterprises': Guardian on .ART

The launch of the .art new gTLD has captivated some in the artistic world and has even made it to the culture pages of London’s Guardian newspaper.

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WIPO's Annual Rant Shows Cybersquatting Not Only Growing In New gTLDs, But .COM Too

The World Intellectual Property Organization has released its 2016 report on cybersquatting. In 2016 the number of cases filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with the dispute resolution body rose 10% over the previous year to “an all-time record 3,036 cases” while domain names disputed rose by 23.1% to 5,374.

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15 March 2017

CIRA Announces New Ventures With .NZ And .PT To Deliver Anycast DNS Services As ccTLD Registries Look For New Opportunities

The Canadian ccTLD manager has announced two joint ventures this week with New Zealand and Portugal’s ccTLD registries to deliver Anycast DNS services.

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Uniregistry Hikes New gTLD Prices Up To 3,000% And GoDaddy Drops The Lot

The recent announcement that Uniregistry would be upping the prices on 16 of its underperforming new gTLDs by up to 3,115% from 21 August has had one, so far, really unfortunate consequence. GoDaddy, the world’s largest registrar, announced it was dropping Uniregistry’s entire portfolio of gTLDs from its offerings.

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09 March 2017

Fee Increases For New gTLDs Need Not Have Detrimental Impacts, Although Plenty Face Uncertain Future

The recent news broke by Domain Incite that Uniregistry will “massively increase the price of some of its under-performing new gTLDs in an effort to keep them afloat” is surely an overreaction.

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07 March 2017

auDA Announces Next Steps For Introduction of Second Level Registrations

A recent auDA Names Policy Panel, of which your contributor was a member, recommended that second level registrations be introduced into .au. The recommendation was accepted by the board and now auDA have announced the next steps for their introduction. The changes have been given added impetus following the introduction of second level registrations in .nz (New Zealand) and .uk (United Kingdom).

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04 March 2017

Trump's America Top .COM And .Net Keywords In January

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is still dominating keywords in the .com and .net top level domains according to Verisign’s top keywords for January.

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03 March 2017

DENIC Doubles Provision Of Secondary Anycast Services Through .EU Contract

At the recent Domain Pulse conference in Vienna, there were discussions on how domain name registration growth rates for ccTLDs has been rather stagnant for a few years. One of the issues raised was what opportunities were there for ccTLD registries to look outside their own market for business opportunities.

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Shaping the Internet of the Future: DENIC Employees as Representatives in Various ICANN Bodies DENIC

In February, ICANN announced the members of the second Security, Stability & Resilience (SSR2) Review Team. Among the 15 persons selected to the international team is Boban Krsic, Chief Information Security Officer at DENIC. In line with ICANN's principle of multistakeholderism and diversity, the team includes representatives from all groups of the Internet community.

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02 March 2017

.CN Regains Top ccTLD Rank As .TK And .NET Shed Registrations, While Global Registrations Hit 329 Million: Verisign

2016 closed with global domain name registrations reaching 329.3 million according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, growing by approximately 2.3 million registrations, or 0.7% over the third quarter of 2016. Registrations grew by 21.0 million, or 6.8%, year over year. The most notable changes over the last 12 months were China’s ccTLD adding over 4 million registrations to become the largest ccTLD again, while .tk and .net shed over 7 million and 500,000 registrations respectively.

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01 March 2017

ICANN Finally Able To Delegate .AFRICA

ICANN has finally been able to delegate the .africa new gTLD to ZA Central Registry following the rejection of a request for a preliminary injunction brought in a Los Angeles court by rival applicant DotConnectAfrica. The injunction was sought to prevent ICANN delegating the new gTLD.

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ICANN Requiring All gTLD Registries To Comply With Thick WHOIS Registration

All gTLD registries will soon be required to update their registration data directory services to comply with ICANN’s Thick Whois Transition Policy, a policy that already applies to .com, .net and .jobs, as well as the Registry Registration Data Directory Services Consistent Labelling and Display Policy.

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