Domain Names

27 January 2020

European ccTLD Growth Slows To 2.4% As Slowdown Drives Consolidation and Innovation: CENTR

The median growth among the European ccTLDs slowed to 2.4% in the year ending October 2019, down from the 3.1% recorded in the year to October 2018, according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report. When CENTR filtered to the 20 largest ccTLDs in Europe, the growth was just 1.2%. Despite the low growth, other performance indicators such the delete and renewal ratios have been stable. However, the median create ratio, which measures the proportions of new domains entering a TLD, has been increasing marginally over recent months.

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22 January 2020

auDA Reaches Out To Bushfire Affected Registrants and Communities

auDA announced this week 2 initiatives in response to the bushfire infernos ravaging Australia. The first is allowing registrants an extra 2 months to renew existing .au domain names and the second is A$1 from every new registration in February is to go to a charity helping those impacted by the bushfires.

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15 January 2020

Use of .BRANDS and Efforts To Thwart Domain Name Abuse Industry Highlights For DOTZON's Katrin Ohlmer

Criminal activities continue to be an issue and challenge for the domain name industry, and it’s one of the main issues addressed in today’s Q&A with Katrin Ohlmer, CEO and founder of DOTZON GmbH. Ohlmer cites it as a highlight and lowlight – a highlight because the industry is attempting to tackle domain name abuse and a lowlight with phishing, malware, botnets and pharming being threats to consumers putting the whole industry in a bad light and seemingly not interested in fixing the issue. Ohlmer also sees the growth in usage of .brand new gTLDs as another highlight while she says the whole domain industry could improve in terms of customer experience and customer-centric marketing and communications.

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14 January 2020

auDA Announces New CEO As They Look To End Over 3 Years Of Turmoil

After more than 3 years of turmoil, auDA has put the last piece of the jigsaw in place for their new management and board. Today it was announced the new CEO would be Rosemary Sinclair AM. In the last 6 months there has been a new board announced, a new Chair and now the CEO. Sinclair, who will commence with auDA in March, was a former board member between 2009 and 2011.

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10 January 2020

.GAY Launching Sunrise For Trademark Holders In February

The .gay top-level domain will be launching their Sunrise launch phases for trademark holders commencing February, running for 3 months to 6 May, the registry Top Level Design has announced.

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.PS Added One Character Domains As Premiums On 6 January

Palestine’s ccTLD manager added one-character .ps domain names to their premium list and made them available for registration on 6 January. They joined all 2- and 3-character domains on their premium list, as well as some generic strings, with registry prices ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for the first year’s registration and $100 to $500 for renewals. Actual registrations will likely be higher when registrar and reseller fees are added.

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07 January 2020

EURid On Brexit Impact, State of the Market, 2020, Are More New gTLDs Warranted And How Industry Should Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

Domain Pulse has launched its annual (well, for the second year running) Q&A series looking at the year in review, what 2020 might bring and what are the key concerns for domain name industry participants. First up we talk to EURid, manager of the .eu top level domain. EURid discusses their highlights and lowlights of 2019, what they’re looking forward to in 2020, whether a new round of new gTLD applications is really warranted and how they’d like to see the domain name industry focus on quality rather than quantity when it comes to talking about registration numbers.

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06 January 2020

Half Price .MY Domains For Differently Abled Malaysians

MYNIC is offering special discounts of up to 50% for differently abled Malaysians (OKU) when they register .my domain names.

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ICANN's Proposed .COM Registry Agreement Sees Enhanced Security and Prices

ICANN and Verisign have released a proposed agreement to amend the .com Registry Agreement that includes a new proposed framework for working together on initiatives related to the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the form of a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two organisations, including 7% increases in the registry fee in the final 4 of 6 years of the agreement.

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ICANN: Proposed Final Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group

Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the proposed Final Report of the new gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG is tasked with providing guidance on a framework to disburse the funds generated from auctions of last resort in 2012 application round of the new gTLD Program.

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.PT Has Best Year Ever For New Registrations In 2019

2019 was the best year ever for Portugal’s ccTLD for new registrations, with 121,359 new registrations for the year, 10,799 more than in 2018, the previous best year ever. It saw the year end with 1.210 million domains under management, up 123,273 from 1,086,930 at the end of 2018.

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ICANN Seeks Feedback On Dates For Public Meetings From 2022 to 2028 and ICANN75

ICANN is seeking feedback from the community on the proposed dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held from 2024 to 2028 and revised dates for ICANN75, the Annual General Meeting in 2022 to allow more time between events.

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30 December 2019

Tuvalu Seeking To Capitalise On Online Video With .TV As Registry Rights Up For Renegotiation

When Tuvalu was granted the .tv ccTLD back in 1995 it was handed a lifeline and 25 years later is one of the country’s most valuable resources. The microstate, a chain of coral atolls and reef islands with a population of about 11,000, has few industries apart from limited agriculture and fishing, the latter gaining the country around $19 million in license fees in 2018.

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29 December 2019

CentralNic Completes Acquisition of Team Internet

CentralNic Group PLC announced on Christmas eve they had completed the acquisition of Team Internet, a web service provider based in Munich, Germany, that had originally been announced on 18 November.

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25 December 2019

.VU Moves On To Neustar's Registry Platform

Vanuatu’s telecommunications regulator announced this week that their ccTLD .vu has successfully transitioned to Neustar’s registry platform.

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20 December 2019

3 of Top 10 TLDs Show Registrations Decline In last 12 Months: Verisign DNIB

While .com proves to be unstoppable, with domains under management growing to 144.0 million, from 137.6 million, in the last 12 months, it was a mixed bag for the remainder of the top 10 TLDs from 12 months ago with 3 of those making the top 10 at the end of September 2018, all gTLDs, showing declines in the year to September 2019, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief [pdf] released Thursday.

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18 December 2019

Tokelau World’s Largest Country in Nominet's ccTLD World Map

Tokelau is the world’s largest country in Nominet’s 2019 ccTLD world map that shows country’s size relative to their domain name registrations, followed by China, Germany and the UK.

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ICANN: Belgian Data Protection Authority Response to Proposed Unified Access Model

On 12 December 2019, ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby received a non-binding letter from the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) in response to ICANN org’s paper, “Exploring a Unified Access Model for gTLD Registration Data,” which was submitted to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on 25 October 2019. ICANN org was made aware of the draft letter addressed to Marby on 4 December; however, it was not officially received until 12 December.

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17 December 2019

EURid's Award-Winning Domain Abuse Prevention System Wins Another Award

EURid’s abuse prevention mechanism that detects possible malicious .eu registrations that officially launched on 4 December has already won 2 awards. The first was the eco Domains award, and now EURid has revealed their paper on Abuse Prevention and Early Warning System has won one of the two “Distinguished Paper Awards” at the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC).

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16 December 2019

Domain Pulse 2020 Conference Going to Innsbruck To Gaze Into A Crystal Ball

The annual free domain name conference of the German-speaking world, Domain Pulse, is heading to the North Tyrolean Alps city of Innsbruck in Austria in February 2020 with the organisers looking towards the future, asking attendees to “gaze into the crystal ball together” with them.

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Verisign Enhances NameStudio API Enabling Registrars and Resellers to Drive Domain Name Registrations

Verisign have announced some enhancements to their NameStudio API that include the launch of an Online Presence Endpoint (OPE) feature. The OPE feature allows for even more personalised domain name suggestions based on information users choose to share with registrars and resellers about their online presence.

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12 December 2019

IANA Gets 'Distinction' In Customer Engagement Survey

ICANN this week published the results of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Customer Engagement Survey which measures customer satisfaction with the IANA functions. The overall score amongst all customer segments was 3.9 out of 5.

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11 December 2019

ICANN Publishes Updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators

ICANN Tuesday announced the release of updated industry metrics as part of its Domain Name Marketplace Indicators initiative. The initiative presents statistics related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) with the aim of fostering greater transparency for reputable information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace.

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ICANN Announces Additional New gTLD Data Escrow Provider Announced

ICANN Monday announced that Joint Stock Company “Internet Exchange “MSK-IX” has been approved to provide data escrow services to generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry operators.

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Mandy Carver Appointed Senior VP of ICANN's Government & IGO Engagement Team

ICANN announced last week Mandy (Kathryn A.) Carver has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Government & Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Engagement. She reports to Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO.

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