Domain Names

08 November 2018

Over Half European Domain Names Are ccTLDs, But .COM Has Higher Visibility

Globally domain name registrations have grown 2.0% in the 12 months to the end of June, the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2018 reports, but growth rates vary markedly among top level domains. For example, in the 12 months .com grew 5.2% while their Verisign stablemate .net declined 6.0%.

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02 November 2018

Trump Administration Abandons Obama-Era Price Controls in Verisign's .COM Registry Agreement

Despite a campaign from some in the domain name industry led by the Internet Commerce Association, the NTIA and Verisign announced Thursday they had agreed to extend and modify the Cooperative Agreement with steep registry fees to be expected. “These modifications”, the NTIA says, “are in line with policy priorities of the Trump Administration.”

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30 October 2018

Gab Offline and Forced To Find New Registrar

Gab, the fringe right wing version of Twitter, has been forced offline after several technology companies including their domain name registrar, GoDaddy, abandoned them. The move quickly followed reports that Robert Bowers, who allegedly shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, frequented the social media service posting anti-Semitic rants and conspiracies.

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17 October 2018

NTIA Semi-Annual Report to US Congress Includes Efforts on GDPR Compliance

The NTIA, which is now obligated by law to provide a semi-annual report to Congress on ICANN policies and whether or not the NTIA supported these changes, has provided its first report for the 6 months to the end of September. The report focusses on efforts to deal with the EU’s GDPR.

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Donuts Loses Another Court Appeal Against ICANN Decision on .WEB

Donuts, through its Ruby Glen subsidiary that was used to apply for the .web new gTLD string, has lost an appeal to the US Court of Appeal against ICANN in the ongoing .web dispute over who gets to run it.

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12 October 2018 Website Established for Sexual Assault Survivors

Brett Kavanaugh, recently mired in several allegations of sexual assault from his younger self-confessed beer-drinking days, has found a website using his name set up as a resource for sexual assault survivors. The website uses the domain name

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11 October 2018

ICANN Wants Input On How To Spend the New gTLD Millions

As the auction for the .kids string commences in a duel between Amazon and the DotKids Foundation Limited, a project of DotAsia (Google, which had applied for .kid, was to be involved but has withdrawn their application), ICANN is now seeking community input into how to spend the millions its gained from auctions to resolve contention between new gTLD strings. After costs, this total now stands at over $233 million.

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05 October 2018

CIRA Explains Why Registering ccTLD Domains Benefits the Local Internet Community

Registering domain names in a country code top level domain often has benefits to that country’s local internet community. In the case of Canada’s ccTLD, Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA who manages .ca, recently explained how in a post on the company blog.

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27 September 2018

Austria's Internet Celebrating Combined 80th Birthday

Austria’s internet is celebrating a combined number of birthdays in 2018, all adding up to an 80th birthday celebration: 10 years of, 20 years of Stopline, 20 years of and 30 years of .at!

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26 September 2018

IDNs On The Decline in 2017: IDN World Report

The estimated number of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) declined by around 14% in 2017, with the biggest decline due to a change in policy by the Vietnamese ccTLD manager, which led to a drop in their second level IDNs from nearly 1 million to just over 5,000. Excluding the impact of Viet Nam, there was a drop of approximately 6% during 2017 with numbers declining to 5.1 million from 5.4m. The decline compares to a growth of 28% from 2015 to 2016 and 9% from 2014 to 2015.

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23 September 2018

ICANN Approves Plans To Change DNS's Cryptographic Keys For First Time

After 2 delays, ICANN is now set to change of the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) - the Internet's address book - on 11 October. During a 16 September meeting in Belgium, the ICANN Board passed a resolution, with a minority dissent, directing to proceed with plans to change or "roll" the key for the DNS root. It will mark the first time the key has been changed since it was first put in use in 2010.

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20 September 2018

IEDR Report Highlights Barriers to Irish SMEs Getting Online

IE Domain Registry’s SME Digital Health Index, published this week, found 2 of the biggest barriers to SMEs doing more online are a lack of time (with 24% reporting as a barrier) and a lack of the technical skills (11%) perceived as necessary to build a website, integrate e-commerce, or make use of productivity or analytics software. A quarter (25%) say that they are ‘doing all they can’ online—even though only 3 in 10 SMEs can take sales orders through their website.

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18 September 2018

German Courts Rebuff ICANN For Fourth Time Over WHOIS/GDPR Data Collection

ICANN has suffered another setback in its desire to continue to collect and make public domain name registrant contact details following an appeal to a German High Court who ruled against ICANN's plea to reconsider the Court's own earlier decision following the introduction of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation earlier this year.

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PIR: Worldwide Philanthropic Giving Trends from Largest Online Survey of Individual Donors

Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain, and Nonprofit Tech for Good today [17 Sept] revealed the results of the second annual “Global Trends in Giving Report.” The report analyzes global giving through cultural, technological and geographical filters to understand how and why donors worldwide are giving to and engaging with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), nonprofits and charities.

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14 September 2018

Use of "7 Dirty Words" Now Allowed in .US

After intervention from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Harvard University Cyberlaw Clinic, it’s now possible to register .us domain names with the “seven dirty words”.

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.NZ Wins Preliminary Injunction Against DomainTools to Keep Registrant Data Private

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission this week won a motion for preliminary injunction in a US court [pdf] to prevent DomainTools from accessing .nz’s Whois details and downloading the information into their own database.

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12 September 2018

Has GDPR Contributed To Spam Decline? 2 Organisations Say It's Too Early To Tell

Recently threat intelligence organisation Recorded Future published a blog post suggesting “spammers are not — at least at this time — rushing to launch new campaigns because of GDPR-enforced WHOIS privacy rules.”

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01 September 2018

Unwitting Mobile Internet Users Victims of IDN Homograph-Based Phishing Campaign

Unwitting mobile internet users are becoming the victims of an ongoing internationalised domain name homograph-based phishing campaign. The suspected phishing websites purport to be those of commercial airline carriers, including Delta, RyanAir and EasyJet, and are offering free tickets, but, instead, appear to subject the user to a bait-and-switch scam according to research from Farsight Security.

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24 August 2018

CENTRstats Finds A Few Less Million Domain Names Than Verisign

CENTR released their latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report this week, reporting the global TLD market grew 2.0% in the 12 months to the end of June to around 337 million domain names, which compared to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief which found that there were around 339.8 million domain names, an increase of 2.4% in the same 12 months. The CENTR report found over half (54%) of all domain names registered in Europe were for the local ccTLD.

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21 August 2018

Microsoft Gains Court Orders Taking Down Domain Names With Aim of Disrupting US Elections

Around the world, not just in the United States, there has been a lot of evidence of the Russian government’s involvement, directly or indirectly, in elections. This week, Microsoft announced their Digital Crimes Unit successfully executed a court order to disrupt and transfer control of 6 domain names created by a group widely associated with the Russian government and known as Strontium, or alternatively Fancy Bear or APT28.

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20 August 2018

.IE On A Roll As It Hits Quarter Million Domains

Ireland’s ccTLD hit the quarter million domain name registrations mark last week as .ie has been on a mini boom since a relaxation in eligibility rules in March. Today there are 254,400 .ie domain names registered, and 34,000 have been registered this year.

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17 August 2018

.NET Slide Continues As New gTLDs Rebound and Total Domain Registrations Close on 340 Million: Verisign DNIB

The number of domain names registered around the world closed in on the 340 million mark at the end of the second quarter, 2018, according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief, as .net registrations continued to slide and new gTLDs rebounded.

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15 August 2018

DomainTools Sees 1 Billionth Domain Name

There are currently around 335 million domain names registered around the world, but many domain names are deleted or expired and some are re-registered. So DomainTools has announced they’ve seen their 1 billionth unique domain name in the 17 years they’ve existed. But how many domain names that have come and gone, nobody knows.

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07 August 2018

auDA's Last Elected Demand Class Director Fed Up and Resigns

The last director with any real connection to domain name registrants at the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, has finally succumbed to pressure and resigned today. The resignation of Tim Connell means the current management has now cleared out all dissenting independence in its policy making bodies. Given that auDA is so fond of quoting its Constitution, one wonders if they now actually have a quorum?* Connell was the sole remaining elected Demand Class Director.

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05 August 2018

ICANN Loses Another Round in Battle Over Whois and GDPR With EPAG

ICANN announced Friday they had lost another round in their battle to get EPAG, a subsidiary of Tucows, to enforce their “temporary specification” on the collection of domain name registrant data.

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