Domain Names

10 March 2019

InternetNZ's Jordan Carter Talks Privacy: GDPR, DomainTools Court Case, .NZ Individual Registrants... And More

Privacy is a big thing, both in the .nz space and in the wider domain name world and has brought about both highlights and lowlights according to InternetNZ’s Chief Executive Jordan Carter. In today’s Domain Pulse Q&A Carter says a 2018 lowlight was ICANN’s handling of their policy response to the EU’s GDPR, which he believes, along with privacy for internet users, to be a good thing. In New Zealand they’re been dealing with privacy in 2 ways: an Individual Registrant Privacy Option introduced in 2018 as well as an upcoming review of the Privacy Act.

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08 March 2019

Openprovider Founder/CEO Talks Best Thing About New gTLDs, Company Challenges, Why GDPR Is Good, But Execution Terrible And More

Growth and GDPR implementation along with the high costs of domain transfers among gTLDs due to ICANN policies were among the lowlights of 2018 for Openprovider’s Founder and CEO Arno Vis, but there were significant highlights including being the largest domain registrar in the Netherlands in all major TLDs. Challenging was maintaining growth. And if ccTLD registries would change bulk transfer policies, Vis says “the market could change rapidly and become much more competitive. And competition leads to innovation.”

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07 March 2019

Chris Disspain Discusses ICANN, New gTLDs, Future of Domain Names and GDPR

In today’s Domain Pulse Q&A we speak to ICANN Board member and founding CEO of Australia’s ccTLD policy and regulatory body, auDA, whose involvement in the domain name sector is around 2 decades. Disspain discusses his 2018 highlights (working on ICANN’s new strategic plan and how ‘when it is a success, the multi-stakeholder can really work’).

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Total Number of Phishing Sites Almost Halves in 2018: APWG

The total number of phishing sites detected by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) went close to halving in 2018, from 263,538 at the beginning of the first quarter to 233,040 at the beginning of the second, 151014 at the beginning of the third and at the beginning of the fourth quarter there were 138,328. These were findings in the APWG’s Phishing Activity Trends Report for the Fourth Quarter of 2018. However the report notes detection of phishing sites has become harder because phishers are obfuscating phishing URLs with multiple redirections.

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02 March 2019

.IN Transition To Neustar Completed Despite Court Action To Prevent

The transition of India’s .in ccTLD to Neustar’s registry platform was completed Friday, 1 March, with the stage set for significant growth as India’s economy grows in coming years, as well as an expansion in the number of internationalised domain names (IDNs) that become available to India’s businesses and people.

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28 February 2019

UK-Based .EU Registrants Advised To Seek Out Alternatives In Case Brexit Actually Happens

Brexit is coming, or maybe not. But if it does it will see the more than 200,000 .eu registrants in the United Kingdom lose their domain names, a number which is plummeting quickly due to the uncertainty. It’s a situation that’s playing havoc with business in the UK that use a .eu domain name, and for EURid, the .eu registry, who are set to end up losing close to 9% of their domain name base as a result.

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24 February 2019

ICANN Calls For DNSSEC Deployment For All Unsecured Domains Following Domain Hijacking Attempts

Following increasing reports of malicious activity targeting the DNS infrastructure, ICANN is calling for full deployment of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) across all unsecured domain names. The organisation also reaffirms its commitment to engage in collaborative efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems.

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20 February 2019

.DEV Early Access Period Commences With General Availability on 28 Feb

The Early Access Period for Google’s .dev new gTLD, the first chance for the public to register .dev domain names, commenced on 19 February and runs through until 28 February. Early Access periods are where anyone can register available .dev domains for an extra fee, which decreases each day during the period leading up to General Availability when a standard registration fee commences.

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ICANN, Verisign, SIDN and Others Warn of Global Domain Name Hijacking Campaign

A number of domain name organisations including ICANN, Verisign and SIDN have warned of domain hijacking threats. SIDN, the .nl ccTLD registry, has advised they “have been working with NCSC-NL to investigate if .nl domain names were compromised in a recently unveiled global campaign to hijack domain names, allegedly for state-related purposes. While no .nl domain names appear to have been compromised, we will be further extending our DNS monitoring facilities to more proactively detect signs of such campaigns in the .nl zone in the future and we reiterate the importance of following best practices for secure domain name registration.”

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13 February 2019

DomainTools Continues To Systematically Violate .NZ’s ToU Harvesting WHOIS Data, Despite Preliminary Injunction

In a reply brief filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission has accused DomainTools of continuing to harvest the personal data of .nz domain name registrants from WHOIS Records and offering this data to anyone with a credit card, thereby systematically violating the DNC’s terms of use. The reply notes how DomainTools has continually abused the ToU, despite repeated correspondence from the DNC advising them so and a preliminary injunction advising them to stop. DomainTools is now appealing the preliminary injunction.

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11 February 2019

Escrow.com Has Bumper 2018 With 57% Growth As They Continue To Build The World's Best Escrow Service

Today we have another instalment in our Q&A series, this time with Escrow.com. Escrow.com had a bumper year in 2018, with a 57% increase in domain transactions, but this was slightly tempered by the scammers and fraudsters online, while the “the regulatory environment is growing more complicated and challenging every day.” Looking forward, Escrow.com is aiming to “build the best online escrow service in the world. One of the greatest opportunities Escrow.com has is to get better and more efficient at what it already does well.” They also see dot-com remaining “king” of the TLDs and “domain names are as relevant now as they have ever been.”

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07 February 2019

PIR's New CEO Jon Nevett Discusses .ORG, GDPR Challenges, New gTLDs and How It All Applies To NGOs

In December 2018 the Public Interest Registry appointed Jon Nevett as their President and CEO. Today he’s taking part in the Domain Pulse Q&A series. Jon discusses how the GDPR was the biggest thing to hit the domain name industry in 2018, saying it “emerged in 2018 as a highlight, a challenge and an opportunity for the domain industry.” It had a particular impact on .org registrants with many smaller .orgs having fewer staff and resources to deal with the changes, so PIR became an information source to help them comply.

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Domain Pulse Conference in Bern Only Days Away

Domain Pulse, the annual domain name conference of the German-speaking world, is only days away. It will be held in the beautiful Swiss capital of Bern on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February.

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06 February 2019

Michele Neylon Talks .IE, GDPR, European Commission’s .EU Failure, New gTLD Thoughts And More

In today’s Domain Pulse Q&A we talk to Blacknight Solutions’ Michele Neylon who discusses how the simplification of .ie policies was a 2018 highlight, while “a big negative has been how the European Commission has been dealing, or rather refusing to deal with, the implications of Brexit on .eu.” But he says “GDPR and its implementation has probably been the biggest single issue for 2018.” GDPR has been painful, but Michele says, “but overall it’s very positive”.

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Fostering IDN adoption and growth in India – New IDN features available soon

March is set to be an exciting month in the history of the .IN domain namespace. When the .IN Registry will transition fully to Neustar’s backend technology, a number of new features and improvements will begin to roll out – providing new opportunities for Registrars and end users. The teams at NIXI and Neustar are truly excited to usher in this new age of success for .IN as India’s online identity.

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05 February 2019

New gTLDs Account for 51% of Domains Considered Security Threats, But Only 12% of Total gTLD Registrations

Security threats in all gTLDs are roughly split 50/50 between new gTLDs and legacy gTLDs, however new gTLDs only account for 12% of domain names registered across all generic top level domains according to the first monthly report published by ICANN that provides statistics and insight into security threats to gTLDs.

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04 February 2019

New .EU and .ЕЮ Registrations Continue to Grow, But Total Registrations Drop

There were 171,667 new .eu and .ею domain name registrations in the fourth quarter of 2018, but despite this growth, total domains under management decreased from 3,747,879 as of 31 October to 3,684,750 at 31 December according to the Q4 2018 Progress Report released last week.

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02 February 2019

Bitcoin, GDPR, Chinese Economy, New gTLDs: Giuseppe Graziano Discusses From An Investors' Perspective

The domain name investor side of the industry is the focus of today’s Domain Pulse Q&A where Giuseppe Graziano gives his views on the year just gone, the year ahead, GDPR and the relevance of domain names. On 2018, Graziano says the EU’s GDPR had less impact than expected, but overall for investors its impact was slightly negative, while bitcoin is starting to impact on investors. For Graziano’s GGRG, 2018 was a “transition year” with some high value transactions. Looking ahead, a slowdown in the Chinese economy might bring some challenges and a likely consolidation of investors. On new gTLDs, Graziano says they’ve achieved their goal of “more options” but a result has also been “second tier domains have lost most of their value because end users have more options available”.

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01 February 2019

Today is DNS Flag Day and Globally Thousands of Domains Likely to Break

Today, 1 February, is being billed as DNS Flag Day, a day when there will be a global change to Domain Name System (DNS) software. It’s likely to see thousands of websites around the world, along with their email addresses and other services, go kaput. For example, InternetNZ predicts 508 .nz domain names could break, although this is significantly down on the 8,349 they predicted would break 6 months ago.

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.IE New Registrations Jump 29% in 2018 on Back of Eligibility Liberalisation and Brexit Uncertainty

Ireland’s ccTLD had their best year ever in 2018 following relaxing eligibility rules for registering .ie domain names in March according to their latest .ie Domain Profile Report, and follows their previous best year ever in 2017. The report also notes registrations from Great Britain are increasing, most likely as a result of Brexit.

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26 January 2019

.CLUB To Open Names.Club To All TLDs

At Namescon next week .CLUB has announced they will be launching a big addition to their Names.club platform. Any domain name registrant will be able to list their domains for sale from any top level domain, including .com.

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'New gTLDS Are The Future' Says Jovenet's Jean Guillon in Today's Domain Pulse Q&A

Today we have another Q&A, this one with Jean Guillon who has his own consulting company specialising in domain names, Jovenet Consulting. He describes himself as a New gTLD consultant and evangelist with experience as a Registrant, a Registrar and as a Registry. So he’s seen the domain name industry from every angle. And Jean is excited about the opportunities new gTLDs offer, for one, allowing registrants to choose domains that “offer more precision and more descriptiveness”.

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24 January 2019

.CA Has Best Year Ever in 2018 as ccTLDs Offer Advantages of ‘Flexibility, Recognition and Trust’ For Many Over New gTLDs: CIRA

Canada’s ccTLD had its best year ever in 2018, outgrowing its peers around the world, says David Fowler, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority in today’s Domain Pulse Q&A. Fowler also addresses the importance of privacy and how, in 2019, “one of [CIRA’s] main objectives is to get .CA domain names into the hands of more Canadians”. The challenge for the industry is how “to find ways to innovate and reach new customers in a mature market” while in 2019 CIRA is working towards “ensuring that all Canadians have a safe and secure online experience.”

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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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