Domain Names

07 August 2017

'Too Snobby' auDA Stuck in a Pre-1990s Time Warp

Following the auDA Special General Meeting last week, more of which is to come (or read some updates on the Domainer blog), I started to think how auDA is stuck in some pre-1990s time warp. And today retiring veteran Australian political journalist Laurie Oakes is reported by The Guardian as saying “journalists should not be ‘too snobby’ about digital startups”.

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28 July 2017

auDA Chair Faces the Music and Resigns Before Vote to Oust Him

The auDA Chair has faced the music realising his demise was imminent on Monday when a Special General Meeting was to be held to vote on his removal. However he also indicated auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, will continue on the path of the current management that will continue to alienate many members and key stakeholders such as registrars who have enough of accountability and transparency disappearing, no community engagement, poor communications, mass staff defections and the cosy closed shop between the CEO, Chair and key board members.

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27 July 2017

auDA Ignores Their Stakeholders With Echoes of Nominet Debacle a Decade Ago

It’s looming as a battle that has echoes of a few others. There’s the current battle between the powers that be at Cricket Australia and the cricketers. And there was the battle between members and management at Nominet a decade ago. And now there’s another battle that’s been going for a few months now. auDA is defying its members, ignoring their constitution and trashing transparency and accountability. Nominet lost the battle, Cricket Australia is so far losing the battle and auDA is digging in hoping it doesn’t follow.

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26 July 2017

New gTLD Registrations Hit Lowest Number In 8 Months

Registrations among new gTLDs aren’t in freefall, but numbers continue to drop as registrations come up for renewal and, for some, following heavily discounted promotions, registrants aren’t renewing.

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auDA CEO and Director Caught Not Declaring Conflict of Interest

The auDA CEO Cameron Boardman has once again been caught out. Not content with hiding key documents from members by deleting historical information from the website, Boardman along with new director Dr. Michaella Richards have also now been caught out not declaring a conflict of interest in that both worked in the Victorian state government, along with Chair Stuart Benjamin.

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25 July 2017

ICANN Commits to Transparency, auDA Despises It

In the ongoing debacle at auDA, it’s hard not to notice what happens in other organisations, even in the domain name industry.

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auDA Members Revolt Against Management as Chair Faces Ousting

On Monday 31 July, auDA members get to have their say on the current Chair, and whether they have had enough of the ongoing destruction of the organisation’s transparency and accountability and defying of the constitution. There are significant numbers voting to oust the Chair, Stuart Benjamin. Even registrars have had a gutful of the ongoing management debacle insisting they want no part of discussions on the management plans until the vote has taken place. This follows overtures from auDA for registrars to participate in a meeting, purportedly to discuss the organisation’s future. But registrars saw through this charade and told auDA bluntly they want no part of any discussions until after the vote has taken place.

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19 July 2017

Mid-year .brands review: 2017 off to a brilliant start by Tony Kirsch, Neustar

If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you’ll know that I’m really passionate about the benefits that .brands can deliver to organizations and their customers. We are now half way through 2017 which provides us with an opportunity to have a good hard look at the data and reflect on the last six months in the .brands space.

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Verisign Report Shows Significant Slowing of Domain Registration Growth

Once upon a time not that many years ago, the growth in domain name registrations each year was like growth in the Chinese economy – well over 10%. These days the growth rate overall is nothing to be sneezed. In the year to the end of March, registrations around the world grew by 3.7% (11.8 million) to 330.6 million across all TLDs according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief. It was only in the preceding year, to the end of March 2016, that registrations had grown 11%.

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18 July 2017

Anyone, Anywhere Can Now Register a .ASIA Domain Name

The .asia top level domain has commenced its new simplified registration processes that allow for any business or person anywhere to register a .asia domain name.

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12 July 2017

Google Mostly Uses ccTLD or Search Console Settings For Geotargeting Search Results

Google has announced a slight update on how their search engine ranks websites that use country code top level domains. In response to a question on Twitter, John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google said “For geotargeting we use mostly the ccTLD or search console setting, so place the server where it works best for you.”

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06 July 2017

FoI Request Forces auDA to Make Public Documents They Tried to Keep Secret

The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, has been forced to make available 115 documents, previously published on their website but deleted under the new management. However going forward auDA has vowed to keep the documents secret, to continue to hide the goings on in the organisation. The documents were board minutes and other historical information going back to 2000.

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29 June 2017

ICANN and Verisign Renew .NET Agreement with 10% Increases Likely to See Registrar Fee of Over $15 by 2023

Verisign has entered into a renewal of the .net Registry Agreement that runs for 6 years until 30 June 2023 with no changes to the material terms to the current .net Registry Agreement from 2011. There is an expectation the agreement will be renewed in 2023 "so long as certain requirements are met".

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28 June 2017

2016 World's Worst Year for Phishing. Ever! Says APWG. With Attacks on 195,000 Domain Names.

Phishing attacks increased by 65% in 2016 over 2015 to be the worst year for phishing in history according to APWG’s new Phishing Activity Trends Report. According to the report the total number of phishing attacks in 2016 was 1,220,523.

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ICANN Adds Kobe and Montréal 2019 Dates to Its Public Meetings World Tour

ICANN announced at its public meeting currently underway in Johannesburg, its 59th, that Kobe and Montréal would be its 64th and 66th public meetings in March and November 2019.

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23 June 2017

Nominet Sees 0.0074% of .UK Domains Disputed in 2016 as 3rd Level Registrations Drop, 2nd Level Rise

Nominet saw a small drop in complaints in 2016, with 25 fewer complaints for the 12-month period than in 2015. The 703 complaints related to 785 domain names, according to their 2016 annual summary of domain name disputes brought before its Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). The disputed .uk domain names in 2016 were 0.0074% of all domain names under management (DUM), or registrations.

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21 June 2017

US Bullies Costa Rica and Refuses to Obey Local Laws Over Pirate Bay Domains

The United States Embassy in Costa Rica has been pressuring the local ccTLD operator, NIC Costa Rica, to take down domain name with increasing urgency as the registry resists. And if they refuse there have been threats to take the registry operation away from NIC Costa Rica.

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20 June 2017

Afnic Study on 2016 Global Domain Name Market Finds Growth Declining

Growth in the total number of domain names registered worldwide was 7.1% in 2016, down from 11.7% in 2015, a study released Monday from the French ccTLD registry Afnic found.

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19 June 2017

Almost 1,000 Sunrise Applications for .AFRICA Making it One of the Most Successful

The .africa new gTLD has had one of the most successful Sunrise periods of any, receiving 981 applications during the period for trademark holders that ran from 4 April to 2 June, that is reported to be among the top 10 Sunrise periods.

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16 June 2017

auDA Members Revolting Against Changes and Transparency and Accountability Disappearing with Demands to Remove Chair

auDA’s members are revolting against recent developments within the .au policy regulator following moves to bring the registry under auDA’s wings without consultation and transparency and accountability disappearing.

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15 June 2017

More Domain Industry Consolidation as Two Biggest Registries by New gTLDs, Donuts and Rightside, Merge

Two of the bigger participants in the new gTLD world, Seattle-based Donuts and Rightside, are merging the companies announced Wednesday. The announcement comes almost a year after Rightside rejected a bid from Donuts, proposed in June 2016. It also follows the recent departure of Richard Tindal from Donuts, one of the original 4 co-founders.

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14 June 2017

.NZ Shows How to Consult Over Plans to Merge 3-into-One

The InternetNZ Council has released plans to merge the 3 bodies that manage different aspects of .NZ into one. The plans follow an organisational review of the InternetNZ group (InternetNZ, the Domain Name Commission and NZRS) initiated by the Council in late 2016.

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ICANN Fighting Fake Website Profiles

There are currently over 40,000 profiles on the website, but ICANN has become aware that many of these are fake despite instituting security measures like two-factor authentication and CAPTCHA. To date ICANN has deleted 6,000 fake profiles.

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ICANN Wants to Hear From You About How to Increase Gender Diversity and Participation

ICANN wants to hear from industry participants, and from those that want to be involved, if there are barriers to gender diversity participation within the ICANN community.

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12 June 2017

Africans Get Second Bite at .AFRICA Pioneer Programme

The .africa registry operator is opening a second round of applications for the continent’s leading brands who would like preferential access to their desired domain names, assuming of course, they haven’t got their domain already. Also currently underway is the second of 4 weekly phases for the .africa Landrush period.

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