Domain Names

23 January 2019

CentralNic’s Ben Crawford’s 2018 Highlight Was KeyDrive Merger, While nTLDs Offer Great Opportunities

Today’s Q&A sees CentralNic’s CEO Ben Crawford open up on 2018 and look ahead to 2019. Crawford’s major highlight and challenge, all rolled into one, was the merger of CentralNic and KeyDrive and re-listing on the London Stock Exchange. GDPR was a “familiar challenge” that exacerbated ‘tensions in the multi-stakeholder governance model’. Looking ahead Crawford sees more mergers and less “old-fashioned role delineations” with private equity groups becoming more involved.

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UK Retailer Asos Seeks Ownership of “Collusion” In Domain Names

British clothing giant ASOS is seeking ownership of the word “collusion” in domain names according to a cease and desist letter sent to an EFF client. According to a post on the EFF blog, their client’s “domain doesn’t have anything to do with clothing—it’s about contemporary U.S. political debates. It is about as far from trademark infringement as possible.” Tuesday EFF sent a response letter demanding ASOS withdraw its baseless threat.

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18 January 2019

George Pongas on Neustar’s 2018’s Highs and Lows, Why New gTLDs Offer Great Opportunities and Importance of Domains

Today we have George Pongas, Neustar’s Vice President, Product Management – Registry Services, who looks at 2018 and the year ahead in the latest Domain Pulse Q&A. George discusses the lows of 2018, which for him was the loss of the contract to run the .au (Australia) registry, but then, every cloud (often) has a silver lining, and Neustar picked up the registry contract to run the .in (India) registry which has huge growth opportunities. George also discusses the metrics of judging the success of a new gTLD, and the opportunities they offer, and how domain names are still relevant.

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17 January 2019

'ICANN's Naïve and Unprofessional GDPR Approach' A 2018 Lowlight Says nic.at's CEO, But Celebrating Triple .AT Anniversaries A Highlight

"ICANN's naïve and unprofessional approach to" the EU's GDPR was one of 2018's lowlights says Richard Wein, CEO of Austria's ccTLD registry nic.at in today's Domain Pulse Q&A with leading industry figures, looking at the year in review and year ahead. GDPR planning dominated many European ccTLDs in the first half of 2018 to the detriment of other work, but while Wein has come concerns about the GDPR, he wonders if it is a "sledgehammer to crack a nut". Overall he thinks it's a positive and now he's happy about how the team at nic.at responded to the European Union's consumer data protection regulation.

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14 January 2019

The Year in Review and the Year Ahead From Internet.bs, A Domain Investor Registrar's Perspective

The latest in the Domain Pulse series of Q&As looking at the year in review and the year ahead comes from a domain investor’s registrar perspective. Today Marc McCutcheon from Internet.bs, part of the rapidly growing CentralNIC group, discusses how CentralNIC’s merger with Key-Systems brought a lot of hard work and some incredible opportunities, GDPR is a good thing, registrars offering below-cost .com domain names is unsustainable, there are too many new gTLDs for investors to make money and domain names will continue to be relevant for the foreseeable future.

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13 January 2019

DENIC 2018 Successes Include Becoming Designated Escrow Agent and ID4me, But Decline in Domain Registrations and Increased Government Regulation Loom as 2019 Challenges

DENIC is the manager of Europe’s largest ccTLD (.de) and 2018 saw a few successes and a few challenges. Here in the latest in Domain Pulse’s Q&A series of 2018 in review, looking forward to 2019 and looking at some of the challenges of the domain name industry, DENIC tell us about their successes including becoming the only European Designated Escrow Agent for ICANN-accredited registrars and developing their domain name-based digital identity ID4me. But there were challenges including a decline in domains under management and the threat of increasing government regulation. And then there’s the challenge of the EU's GDPR.

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12 January 2019

DotBERLIN’s Dirk Krischenowski On How ICANN Should Spend New gTLD Auction Revenue, GDPR and Domain Name Challenges

The Domain Pulse Q&A series looking at 2018 in review and ahead to 2019 today has dotBERLIN’s Dirk Krischenowski. Krischenowski has been involved in the ICANN new gTLD programme since its infancy over a decade ago and was one of the founders of the .berlin project. Today dotBERLIN has become the fourth largest geographic TLD with over 54,000 registrations, an impressive feat given that the 3 cities ahead of Berlin are much larger cities by population – Tokyo, New York City (.nyc) and London.

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10 January 2019

Afilias’ Roland LaPlante Reviews 2018 and Looks to 2019, Successes and Challenges, GDPR, New gTLDs and Fears for the Open Internet

Today Domain Pulse has Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Afilias participate in our Q&A series looking back on 2018, forward to 2019 and his views on GDPR, how new gTLDs are performing and how relevant are domain names today. He also expresses concerns as to how the entire “ecosystem is grappling with the intersection of government desire for control (protection) and the historically open internet.”

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09 January 2019

Q&A With DOTZON's Katrin Ohlmer on Year in Review, 2019, GDPR and Future of Domain Names

In the second of our series asking industry figures and companies to comment on their highlights and lowlights of 2018, looking ahead to 2019, the EU’s GDPR as well as the future of domain names, Katrin Ohlmer, CEO and founder of DOTZON GmbH, gives her views.

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08 January 2019

Kuwait Has Fastest Growing ccTLD in 2018 As 8 African ccTLDs Grow By Over 100%: Nominet

Nominet have published an analysis of the world’s ccTLDs in 2018 which has found Kuwait’s ccTLD was the fastest growing, 8 African ccTLDs saw growth of over 100% and their own .uk showing the second fastest growth of the top 10 ccTLDs.

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06 January 2019

EURid on 2018 In Review, The Year Ahead, GDPR and Future of Domain Names

Domain Pulse is asking domain name companies and industry figures to give us their highlights and lowlights of 2018, what they’re thinking will be happening in 2019 as well as their view on the EU’s GDPR, the future of domain names and how Brexit is impacting them. The first cab off the rank is EURid, manager of the .eu top level domain.

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17 December 2018

Last Week For Comments on Proposed ICANN GDPR-Compliant Whois Policy

It’s the last week for comments on ICANN’s proposals on how it deals with registration data collected for generic top level domains and become permanently compatible with the EU’s GDPR.

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.IR Registrations Hit One Million Mark

Registrations of second level .ir domain names passed the one million mark in recent days statistics from the registry IRNIC show.

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09 December 2018

Europeans Anywhere Able To Register .EU Domains From 2019

Citizens of the European Union no matter where they reside in the world will be able to register .eu domain names in 2019, according to new rules announced on 5 December following an agreement by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission.

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07 December 2018

As Global Domain Name Registrations Slowly Rise, .NET Slides and New gTLDs Growing: Verisign

Globally domain name registrations grew to approximately 342.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 2.6 million, or 0.8%, compared to the second quarter of 2018, according to Verisign's latest Domain Name Industry Brief. In the 12 months to the end of the third quarter registrations grew by approximately 11.7 million, or 3.5%.

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06 December 2018

PIR Announces Jonathon Nevett As New CEO

Public Interest Registry has announced Jonathon Nevett will commence as their new CEO on 17 December, replacing Brian Cute who resigned in May. Nevett, a Donuts co-founder, himself recently stepped down from his role at Donuts as executive vice president of corporate affairs but remained for a short time as a close advisor to the company.

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28 November 2018

ICANN Extends New gTLD Auctions Proceeds Comment Period As Majority Support Global Awareness Fund

ICANN has extended the public comment period for the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group by 2 weeks to 11 December 2018. To date there are 21 comments with the vast majority supporting a proposal from the .CLUB operator to “earmark a portion – 15% of the total auction funds – to support an education campaign to promote Universal Awareness of the uses of the Domain Name System and all TLDs in general.”

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DNS Belgium To Begin Taking Fraudulent .BE Websites Offline Within 24 Hours

In its fight against fraudulent websites, DNS Belgium, in partnership with the FPS Economy, will begin suspending .be domain names that are used with fraudulent websites within one day of notification. It’s a move the .be ccTLD manager and the FPS Economy believes will help ensure consumers can trust .be websites.

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Why Cover Spent $825,000 Buying COVER.COM And Why It’s Not For All Start-Ups

Technology company and US-wide licensed insurance brokerage firm Cover recently spent $825,000 buying the domain name cover.com. The company has a number of apps that help customers get the most out of their insurance, the best possible customer experience, and the best rates and coverage. But it took discussions that went over a few months to decide if they would go for the domain name that, to them “just made sense”. In the insurance industry companies use “every permutation of the word, so why not own the word outright?”

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27 November 2018

Over 33,000 Domain Names Seized Selling Counterfeit Goods in Latest Operation In Our Sites

As part of an international operation, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3) seized 33,654 domain names distributing counterfeit and pirated items online. This takes the total to more than one million that have been seized in the past 12 months.

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NZ Works Towards A Safer, More Secure and Trusted .NZ

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission and Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) this week announced an agreement to work together to prevent and minimise behaviours threatening a safe, secure and trusted .nz online environment.

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21 November 2018

Nominet Suspends 33,000 .UK Domains Following Law Enforcement Notifications

Almost 33,000 .uk domain names were suspended in the 12 months to the end of October 2018 following notification from the police or other law enforcement agencies that the domain name was being used for criminal activity.

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16 November 2018

New and African TLDs Growing Strongest, TLDs in Americas Weakest: CENTR

Globally domain name registrations have grown 5.7% in the year to the end of October to 344 million, with growth highest among new gTLDs (7.1%) and African ccTLDs (6.2%), while growth is lowest in the Americas (1.4%), Europe (2.6%) and Asia (2.9%), according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report.

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14 November 2018

Internet Commerce Association Says Increases in .COM Registry Fee Unjustified

Last week the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an extension of its contract with Verisign to run the .com registry, which includes repealing Obama-era price controls and allows for increases of up to 7% in the prices .com registry fee in each of the last 4 of the 6-year term of the Registry Agreement. But the Internet Commerce Association says these increases are unjustified.

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Google Announces .DEV Sunrise to Commence 16 January

During the Chrome Dev Summit keynote Monday, Google announced the launch dates for their .dev new gTLD, a secure domain they’re aiming at developers and technology. Google is billing it as the ideal domain name that’s suitable for everything from tools to platforms and programming languages to blogs.

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