Domain Names

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 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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11 November 2018

.ONLINE Becomes 5th New gTLD To Pass 1 Million Registrations, and Radix's First

Three years and 3 months after entering general availability, Radix’s .online has become their first new gTLD to hit the one million registrations mark, and the fifth overall. Today there are 1.012 million .online registrations according to nTLDStats, 604,00 of which are parked, the highest proportion of the top 5 new gTLDs by registration numbers.

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09 November 2018

ICANN Reaffirms gTLD Registration Data Temporary Specification in Defiance of German Courts

Although ICANN isn’t technically American, there’s a growing difference of opinion between Europe and “America” over how to deal with the collection of domain name registrant’s registration, or Whois, data. Despite going down 4-0 to German courts in a dispute where EPAG is refusing to abide by ICANN’s requirement to collect registration data, ICANN has continued to insist registrars and registries collect the data they require for gTLDs.

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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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