Domain Names

14 June 2018

Is auDA Facilitating Branchstacking Ahead of SGM?

Allegations of branchstacking have surfaced ahead of the upcoming auDA Special General Meeting with supply class members rumoured to be encouraging staff to join along with what appears to be family members of the Chair Chris Leptos.

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13 June 2018

Over Half of All .MEN and .LOANS Are Bad: Spamhaus

Three in 5 .men domain names are classified as “bad” according to the latest Spamhaus analysis of the world’s most abused TLDs, but only slightly worse than .loan, who have a "Badness Index" of 6.43 and 6.35 respectively.

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01 June 2018

German Court Rejects ICANN Bid to "Protect" WHOIS Data

In a bid to “to protect the data collected in WHOIS”, ICANN last week sought a court ruling in a German court to “ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data, so that such data remains available to parties demonstrating legitimate purpose to access it, consistent with the GDPR.”

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18 May 2018

ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Specification To Comply With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Specification With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Compliance With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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ICANN Finally Approves Temporary Compliance With EU's GDPR, With 7 Days To Spare

It was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a 2-year transition period it becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Yet despite this timeframe, ICANN only approved a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on 17 May, with a draft published on 11 May. But it only gives registries and registrars 7 days to finalise and implement changes to their systems, or 14 days if they started when the draft was published. That is if they waited for ICANN’s snail-like process to take place.

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14 May 2018

DENIC Splits Non-Member Operations From Core .DE Registry

The German ccTLD registry DENIC is to split its non-member business areas from its core business of running the .de registry, the organisation announced last Friday. The change is happening because its non-member complementary business does not comply with its statutory Cooperative assignment - the management and operation of the .de TLD.

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11 May 2018

Within Europe, ccTLDs Make Up 3 in 5 Domain Names Registered: CENTR

Globally ccTLDs make up 44% of all domain names under management, a figure that has changed little in recent years, but within Europe the figure is 59% according to the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q1/2018 published Friday. The difference would largely be explained by .com’s dominance in the United States.

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10 May 2018

Kaboom! .APP Surges Past 100,000 Within 2 Days of GA

[update: .app registrations have surged past 168,000 according to the latest nTLDstats figures] Google’s .app has caught the imagination of registrants with close to 125,000 registrations after 2 days of general availability. It is likely it already had the largest number of registrations prior to GA, around 17,000, and it’s initial GA launch is likely the largest of any of the new gTLDs.

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02 May 2018

.APP Readies for General Availability With Biggest Sunrise

Google’s .app new gTLD is readying itself for General Availability next week as it goes through an Early Access Program that started Monday. The .app TLD has been specifically for apps and app developers, with added security to help showcase apps to the world – it’s the first TLD to have enforced HTTPS.

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30 April 2018

Over 300,000 British .EU Registrants Get Brexit Reprieve With New Registration Flexibility

At the end of March, the European Commission, without consulting the .eu registry EURid, decided that following the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union that the more than 318,000 .eu domain name registrants would not be able to renew their domain names. And nor would businesses based in the UK or British residents be able to register them once Britain left the European Union renew them.

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26 April 2018

auDA Goes to Court to Delay SGM, Wastes Tens of Thousands of Dollars and Achieves Nothing

In a disgraceful waste of tens of thousands of dollars of .au domain name registrant’s money, auDA took Josh Rowe, one of the Grumpier.com.au 3 and a former auDA Director, to the Federal Court Thursday, and in effect lost.

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22 April 2018

Questions Raised Over auDA CEO’s Academic Qualifications

A request for information to verify the academic qualifications of auDA CEO Cameron Boardman was been made to the Australian Department of Communications and Arts Sunday.

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20 April 2018

auDA In More Turmoil: Members Threatened With Court Action Over SGM and Another Director Resigns

The turmoil at auDA continues. This week the Australian government released a scathing review into the .au policy and regulatory body with a number of recommendations that, unless they’re all acted upon will see auDA replaced. And it’s unlikely to get member approval to implement the required recommendations. Then Thursday another demand class member resigned, leaving the remaining one of 4 demand members in a strong and unenviable position given the constant turmoil the organisation is in.

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19 April 2018

Exclusive: Former auDA CEO Opens Up On What's Gone Wrong at auDA

Ever since the auDA Board gave the then CEO Chris Disspain his marching orders in March 2016 after 16 years at the helm, the Australian ccTLD manager has been in turmoil. It’s not that any one person is indispensable. But rather a reflection of the dysfunction that has followed. With the Australian government’s scathing review of the management of Australia’s ccTLD released this week, we asked the former CEO and now ICANN Vice-Chair what his thoughts were on the organisation, what could have been done better and where to now.

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18 April 2018

More Domain Names Hosting Child Sexual Abuse Than Ever Before

More online child sexual abuse imagery is being found online than ever before, and more domain names than ever before are being used to host images and videos of children being sexually abused, according to the 2017 Annual Report from the Internet Watch Foundation.

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auDA Battling to Save Itself After Scathing Government Review Says "No Longer Fit-For-Purpose"

auDA has been put on notice that it needs to reform or its gone following an Australian government review into its operations. The report has found “urgent reforms are necessary”. But reform won’t come easy with significant changes required to its constitution, and without significant changes in leadership, Members will be reluctant to support them. Meanwhile the auDA dirty tricks campaign has taken to Twitter with fake or troll Twitter accounts attacking the 3 behind the Grumpier.com.au call for a SGM.

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17 April 2018

Was auDA Hacked? Or Have They Deliberately Leaked A Confidential Report to Discredit Agitators

Either auDA has been hacked or there has been a deliberate leaking of a confidential report by the senior echelons at the .au policy and regulatory body. If it’s the former, then auDA need to call in the relevant law enforcement bodies to investigate. If it’s the latter, it’s a sad state of affairs given auDA has turned into an organisation that could rival a former Soviet-style dictatorship in it’s efforts to hide documents from the industry and spin its “achievements”.

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12 April 2018

auDA Using Bullying and Fear to Silence Critics

In an inflammatory email Tuesday night, auDA Chair Chris Leptos sent out an email boasting of his achievements while including a threat to all former Board members that they may have been referred to the Victorian Police due to certain “practices”. The email follows less than a week on from auDA Members under Grumpier.com.au demanding a second Special General Meeting in 9 months to remove the Chair (again), the 2 other independent Directors and a vote of no-confidence in the CEO.

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11 April 2018

WIPO Cybersquatting Cases Breaks Records, But Numbers Still Minuscule

The number of cybersquatting cases handled by WIPO jumped to an all time high the organisation has announced, as trademark owners filed an all-time high of 3,074 WIPO cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), up from 3,036 in 2017 and 2,754 in 2016.

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08 April 2018

auDA Set For Management Clear-out As Members Revolt

Following on from today’s earlier article about a trio of auDA members calling for the CEO and 3 independent directors, including the Chair, to be removed, sources have confirmed the required numbers have supported the petition and a letter has been sent to auDA advising them of the requirement to hold the Special General Meeting.

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AuDA Members Get Grumpier And Demand Heads Roll

Could this be the end of auDA? It’s less than 12 months since a revolt by auDA members that led to the then-Chair Stuart Benjamin resigning prior to a Special General Meeting was held to oust him. At the time auDA said they would listen to their members. But they haven’t. So a trio of members have proposed another SGM, this time calling for the sacking of CEO Cameron Boardman and removing the 3 independent directors including Chair Chris Leptos.

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03 April 2018

Streamlining of .NZ Continues As InternetNZ and NZRS Merge

The integration and streamlining of the management of New Zealand’s country code top level domain continues with the announcement that New Zealand Registry Services merged with InternetNZ on 1 April.

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28 March 2018

Kathy Nielsen Gives A Masterclass on a Registry's Planning Around Premium Domain Names

In this internet.bs interview series with leaders in the industry continues with a masterclass from former Sedo Director of Brokerage and current Neustar Premium domain name strategist Kathy Nielsen. In our interview Kathy gives a masterclass on a Registry's planning around premium names including tips on how to acquire reserved names and how to enter into discussions with high value end users. Kathy also gives us a preview into premium name developments in the .US, .TEL, .BIZ and .NYCTLDs.

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