Domain Names

03 April 2020

Nomination Period For 2020 .EU Web Awards Commences

The nomination period for the seventh .eu Web Awards is now open and will run until 5 August. To participate, one should vote for their favourite website in each of the five categories.

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CIRA Takes Action To Protect Canadians Against Malicious .CA "COVID-19" And "Coronavirus" Domains And Protect Critical Industries

With the global COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world, cybercriminals have been quick to take advantage, including the registering of domain names. Many registries have begun monitoring for malicious "COVID-19" and "Coronavirus" domain registries including CIRA, the Canadian registry.

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01 April 2020

Call for Expressions of Interest: Standing Panel for ICANN's Independent Review Process ICANN

ICANN opened a Call for Expressions of Interest for Panelists to serve on the omnibus Standing Panel for ICANN's Independent Review Process (IRP). The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is 31 July 2020 at 23:59 UTC.

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IANA Naming Function Review Team Completes Rules of Engagement, Scope of Work, and Work Plan ICANN

Today [31 March], the IANA Naming Function Review Team has announced that it has completed the Rules of Engagement, Scope of Work, and Work Plan for the IANA Naming Function Review.

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ICANN Publishes Staff Report On ICANN’s FY21–25 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget Public Comment Proceeding ICANN

On 27 March, ICANN published the staff report on the public comment proceeding of ICANN's Draft FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget.

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31 March 2020

Verisign Gets Green Light To Up .COM Registry Fee In New Registry Agreement

Verisign last week pledged not to increase the registry fee for any of the top-level domains they manage in 2020 as a way of assisting registrants during the current Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. For .com though, that fee is set to increase as Verisign got the green light to increase the registry fee in the last four of the six years of the current agreement.

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All .ZA Websites Required To Link Government Covid-19 Portal

All websites that use a .za domain name are required to link back to the South African government’s Coronavirus information page, according to a regulation published in the Government Gazette on 26 March.

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ICANN Chair Discusses The Next Generation and Internet Governance and Future of the DNS: Domain Pulse 2020

Young people are the future. And the next generation was the feature of the first morning of the Domain Pulse conference in Innsbruck, Austria, in February. First up was a keynote by ICANN’s Chair Maarten Botterman titled My Vision for Internet Governance and ICANN which was followed by a panel discussion featuring Botterman on the next generation featuring a couple of old timers who have led internet governance issues over the last couple of decades, particularly in Europe, Roberto Gaetano and Wolfgang Kleinwächter, and three that are part of the next generation, Lili Leisser, Elisabeth Schauermann and Matthias Hudobnik. Afterwards, for part two of our interview with the ICANN Chair, we focussed on how to get the next generation involved in internet governance and the future of the domain name system as well as how ICANN works with governments around the world to work towards a secure and stable DNS.

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30 March 2020

Nominet Identifies Around 500 Potentially Malicious .UK Domains Related To Covid-19

Nominet has suspended over 180 .uk domain names related to the current Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic with a blend of manual and automated checking processes that has helped the .uk registry to identify, at the point of registration, which new domains are likely to be used for phishing.

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27 March 2020

NIC Chile Responds To Coronavirus Giving Registrants More Time

With COVID-19 (coronavirus) wreaking havoc around the world, NIC Chile has given registrants of .cl domain names some respite in case they’re not able to pay for their domain name renewal in time before they would normally be deleted for non-payment.

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26 March 2020

Verisign Freezes Registry Fee For All Their TLDs For 2020 And Donates $2M To Relief Efforts

Verisign announced their response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) Wednesday with the two main initiatives for those outside the organisation being a freezing of the registry fee for all their TLDs, including .com and .net, as well as a $2 million donation to assist organisations respond to the crisis.

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25 March 2020

Nominet To Introduce Law Enforcement Landing Pages For .UK Domains Suspended Due To Criminal Activity

Domain names suspended due to criminal activity for the United Kingdom’s ccTLD will soon display or be redirected to law enforcement landing pages, the .uk registry Nominet announced Tuesday.

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24 March 2020

Curiosities And Little Known Facts About .NZ

A recent blog post on the New Zealand Registry Services site has outlined a few interesting facts about .nz. Such as the top 20 words or strings in the .nz database are topped by, not unexpectedly, “nz” which was included in 18,279 domain names in November 2019, over three times the next most popular word – “group” – in 5,412 domains.

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ICANN: Invitation to Join Strategic Outlook Trends Identification Session

ICANN invites the community to participate in an open strategic outlook trends session to help ICANN continue to be aware of trends that affect its mission and mandate.

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23 March 2020

ICANN Chair On Privacy And How It Relates To The DNS Community: Domain Pulse 2020

ICANN Chair Maarten Botterman spoke at the recent Domain Pulse conference in Innsbruck, giving a keynote address titled My Vision for Internet Governance and ICANN. He also participated in a panel on Internet Governance: Next Generation, which focused on how to get young people more involved in internet governance issues and then spoke to me. In part one of our interview with Botterman we discussed issues such as data protection, the differences between Europeans and others when it comes to privacy, whether European and US views will ever be compatible, as well as a WHOIS replacement that complies with the GDPR.

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22 March 2020

New York AG Asks Domain Name Registrars to Halt and De-list Domain Names Used for Coronavirus-Related Scams and Fake Remedies

New York Attorney General Letitia James Friday sent letters to a number of domain name registrars in an effort to stop the registration and use of domain names by individuals trying to unlawfully and fraudulently profit off consumers’ fears around the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Over the last two months, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has seen a spike in coronavirus-related domains being registered for the purposes of deceptive advertising, phishing schemes, and malware dissemination.

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21 March 2020

Donuts On Its Domain Protection Service, Mitigating Homographic Abuse And Better Protecting Brands And Individuals

Donuts, operator of 239 new gTLDs and managing 5.8 million domain names, has developed its own service that helps to protect registrants in its gTLDs from malicious registrations. The service, called Domains Protected Marks List, or DPML, today protects 3,500 of the world’s largest consumer brands.

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19 March 2020

ICANN's GDD Industry Summit and DNS Symposium Cancelled

ICANN Wednesday announced that its annual GDD Industry Summit and ICANN DNS Symposium, which were to be held in Paris, France, in early May 2020, have been cancelled.

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ICANN: Phase 1 Initial Report of the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process

Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Phase 1 Initial Report of the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process (PDP). The PDP Phase 1 focuses on reviewing all the RPMs and associated structures and procedures applicable to gTLDs launched under the 2012 New gTLD Program.

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16 March 2020

.IL Now Allows Registrations Up To 5 Years

ISOC-IL announced via a news release last week that registrants of domain names for Israel’s ccTLD are now able to register and renew .il domain names for up to 5 years. Previously the options were for one or 2 years.

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15 March 2020

ICANN Announces ICANN74 Policy Forum To Be Held At The Hague

ICANN Friday announced that The Hague, Netherlands has been selected as the location for the ICANN74 Policy Forum, to be held from 13-16 June 2022 at the World Forum The Hague.

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12 March 2020

ICANN's Open Data Platform Now Live

ICANN Thursday announced the launch of the Open Data Platform. This effort is part of ICANN‘s Open Data Program (ODP) operationalized by the Office of the Chief Operations Officer. The goal of the Open Data Program is to provide the ICANN community with access to ICANN publicly available data.

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There Were 362.3 Million Domain Names At End 2019 As ccTLDs Drop 4.2m In Quarter Following .TW Crash: Verisign

Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief shows that 2019 closed with 362.3 million domain name registrations across all TLDs, an increase of 2.4 million domain name registrations, or 0.7 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2019 and 13.5 million, or 3.9 percent, year over year.

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11 March 2020

auDA Donates $42,000 To Australia's Bushfire-Affected Communities Following February Promotion

Following the announcement in January that auDA would donate $1 for every .au domain name created in February to help the recovery of Australian communities affected by the recent bushfires, they have announced they will be donating A$41,712 (US$25,665) to the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund.

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Microsoft and Partners Disrupt World’s Largest Online Criminal Network That Used 6 Million Domains In 25 Months

Microsoft and partners across 35 countries announced this week that through coordinated legal and technical steps they have disrupted one of the world’s most prolific botnets, called Necurs, which has infected more than nine million computers globally and in 25 months had used six million unique domains in various ccTLDs and gTLDs.

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