Domain Names

24 September 2019

Former auDA CEO Allegedly Falsified Academic Record and Misled Investigators

It’s been revealed that former auDA CEO Cameron Boardman “faced allegations of falsifying his academic record and misleading those investigating his qualifications before his sudden departure” according to a report in today’s Australian newspaper.

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23 September 2019

Hurricane Dorian Features On Verisign List Of Top Trending Keywords For August

Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded that destroyed parts of the Bahamas, featured prominently on the Verisign list of top 10 trending keywords in English for the month of August with “dorian” featuring on both the .com and .net list, while “hurricane” featured on the .com list.

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CIRA Asks Canada's Political Parties To Adopt Its Vision For The Internet's Future

Canada’s upcoming federal election takes place on 21 October and the country’s ccTLD manager has put forward its vision for the future of the country’s internet, asking political parties to get on board.

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19 September 2019

.AR Launches Second Level Domains

Argentina's ccTLD manager NIC Argentina launched second level domains this month in a 2 stage process with premium pricing before General Availability will see all remaining domain names released at standard prices. In addition, NIC Argentina now allows domain names with 1 to 3 characters for all third level domains (eg., but only 4 characters and more for second level domains.

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18 September 2019

PIR Rebrands As The New .ORG

It’s been a year in the making, and now Public Interest Registry has rebranded as The New .ORG, giving it a fresh new look “with a new, bold visual identity.”

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10 September 2019

ICANN Board Changes Sees Europeans To Hold Chair and CEO Positions

Maarten Botterman has been selected as the next Chair of the ICANN Board, the current Chair Cherine Chalaby announced in a post on the ICANN blog Monday, while León Felipe Sánchez Ambia has been selected Vice Chair. It means both the CEO and President, the Swedish Göran Marby, and Chair will be citizens of the European Union.

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09 September 2019

.BRAND Domains Grow 10% In 6 Months To Over 17,000: Neustar

There were 17,188 .brand domain names with 11,663 being used, both up 10%, according to the latest .brands Industry Report from Neustar covering the 6 months to 30 June. And over 4 in 10 of these domain names are registered in Germany.

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06 September 2019

As Global TLD Growth Slides, 100 Of Top 300 TLDs Contract: CENTR

The heady days of double-digit percentage growth in the domain name industry appear to be over forever as the industry matures and in many markets registrations reach what appears to be saturation levels. The latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2019 reflects these trends, although there are still areas of significant growth with .com continuing to show considerable growth along with African ccTLDs, although these are coming off a low base.

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04 September 2019

.NYC Brings Back Best of Boroughs Competition For 2019

The best websites using a .nyc domain name stand to win a $5,000 cash prize, among other goodies, in the 2019 Best of Boroughs competition.

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02 September 2019

CentralNic Half Yearly Results See Organic Growth of 6%

CentralNic released their half yearly results for January to June Monday reporting both revenues and Adjusted EBITDA have tripled year-on-year, driven by a combination of growth through acquisition and underlying organic growth of around 6%.

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30 August 2019

Global Domain Name Count Surpasses 350 Million Mark: Verisign

The number of domain names registered around the world passed 350 million in the second quarter of 2019, totalling 354.7 million as of 30 June, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. During the quarter there was an increase of 2.9 million domain name registrations, or 0.8%, compared to the first quarter of 2019. Domain name registrations have grown by 14.9 million, or 4.4%, year over year and are up 74.7 million, or 26.7%, in 5 years.

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29 August 2019

Donuts Reducing Prices For 1.1M Unsold Premium Domain Names

Donuts is to reduce the price for approximately 250,000 of their premium domains and more than 850,000 premium domains will move to standard pricing on 5 November across their portfolio of new gTLDs.

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28 August 2019

.PL Registrations Down, Renewals Up, in Second Quarter

Renewal rates are going up, but total registration numbers are down for Poland’s ccTLD .pl, according to their latest Domain Name Market quarterly report for the second quarter of 2019.

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22 August 2019

Independent Review Finds NZ’s Domain Name Commission "A Sound And Competent Regulator"

An independent review into the body responsible for regulating New Zealand’s ccTLD, the Domain Name Commission, has found “there is much for current and past DNCL staff to be proud of” and that it “is a sound and competent regulator of the .nz space.”

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In 3 Weeks auDA Goes From Boasting of 2LDs Readiness To Not Ready. What Gives?

It was only 3 weeks ago that auDA’s CEO Cameron Boardman “resigned” and in a glowing announcement on his ‘achieving many goals’, the Board crowed that one of these was “the development and implementation of new Licensing Rules for .au second-level domain names, and the introduction of direct registration of .au”. Now the Board has given an update on second level registrations saying they aren’t ready for deployment. So what’s changed in 3 weeks?

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20 August 2019

One In 5 .NZ Domains Now Registered At The Second Level

Down in the Antipodes, InternetNZ has begun to release a quarterly report of life in .nz in a new easy-to-read format, and the first of these reports for the period April to June 2019 shows that almost one in 5 .nz domain names are now registered at the second level.

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16 August 2019

.IE Grows 40% In 5 Years, With Recent Brexit-Fuelled Surge: IEDR

Ireland’s ccTLD .ie has grown 40% in 5 years the latest .IE Domain Profile Report published this week by IE Domain Registry shows, fuelled by a registration rule change, a buoyant economy, Brexit and social network limitations.

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15 August 2019

.EU Registrations Boom In Ireland As UK Collapse Continues On Brexit Fears

Registrations of .eu domain names in the United Kingdom have almost halved, declining 46.7% to 162,287 in the year to the end of June and 13.9% for the quarter as fears British registrants will be ineligible to hold their domains if Britain leaving the European Union comes to be.

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14 August 2019

ICANN Wants Your Help To Get To SXSW

No, ICANN isn’t impoverished. They don’t need financial help! But they want your voting support to get their proposed panel discussion voted to be discussed at SXSW’s 2020 event.

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13 August 2019

Neustar Says As It's Appointed Registry For Vanuatu's ccTLD

Neustar has been appointed as registry operator for Vanuatu’s ccTLD, .vu, by the Office of the Vanuatu Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) following a competitive tender process. Adding .vu to Neustar’s growing stable of TLDs follows their appointment to run India’s ccTLD earlier this year.

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08 August 2019

EURid Signs Up For's RcodeZero DNS Anycast

EURid’s top level domains – .eu, the Cyrillic ею, and soon the Greek .ευ – are now using’s Anycast service RcodeZero DNS following extensive testing in recent months. The Austrian ccTLD manager’s Anycast service will ensure that the 3.6 million domain names under the 3 TLDs are more reliable, have shorter response times and are more secure. There are now at least 15 TLDs and over 13 million domain names using’s RcodeZero DNS.

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Public Interest Registry Appoints Laurie Tarpey as Chief Financial Officer

Today, Public Interest Registry (PIR) announced the hiring of Laurie Tarpey as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With extensive experience leading finance operations for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Laurie will expand the expertise of PIR’s executive team and play an integral role in the measured growth of the .ORG domain.

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Rwanda Looks To Boost Awareness And Adoption Of .RW

The Rwandan government is aiming to boost the digital footprint of the east-central African country of 12.2 million people, the Ministry of ICT and Innovation in partnership with RICTA Rwanda announced. The programme includes a campaign to increase awareness and adoption of .rw as the preferred ccTLD for business and people in the country. The campaign is to last 3 months and is called (in English “” means “I”).

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On Day CentralNic Completes Hexonet Deal, Announces Another Registrar Acquisition

On the day when CentralNic announced it had completed its acquisition of the German/Canadian Hexonet Group, it announced it was acquiring another registrar, this time the privately-owned New Zealand Ideegeo Group which operates the retail registrar iwantmyname.

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06 August 2019

EURid Gearing Up For 2019 .eu Web Awards

The nomination and voting period for the 2019 .eu Web Awards is now closed and EURid is gearing up to announce the finalists on 3 September.

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