Category Archives: Domain Name Registry

TLD, And More, Updates: .GAY Donates $148K; 2021 .EU Web Awards Gala, 17 Years of .PL IDNs; .LT Scammers; RightOfTheDot and NamesCon Live Auction; FTC Transition to IPv6 and Tobias Sattler on New gTLDs Second Round

Over $148,000 has been donated to LGBTQ Community Beneficiaries GLAAD and CenterLink from .gay domain name registration revenue, according to the .gay Impact Report released this week. The registry, Top Level Design, donates 20% of all .gay registration revenue to the LGBTQ organisations.

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Nordic Domain Days 2022 Is Confirmed For May

The Nordic Domain Days conference have confirmed dates for 2022 suggesting you clear your calendars and dust off your travel bags. On May 9 and 10, the Swedish capital Stockholm will be the centre of Nordic domain name issues.

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TLD Updates: EURid Continues Monitoring .EU For COVID Misuse; Changes in .FR and .DK T&Cs; .FR Turns 35, Internet in Afghanistan; ZADNA Release RFI For .ZA Registry

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the European Commission has asked EURid, the .eu registry, to continue monitoring new .eu domain name registrations using their APEWS – Advanced Prevention and Early Warning System – platform for Covid-related keywords until 31 December 2021. The initial measures for these checks were set in early April 2020 in order to protect end-users from possible misuse of domain names.

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TLD Updates: .ABUDHABI Launches, Is auDA Fit For Purpose?

Abu Dhabi, the capital and second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, has launched it’s very own new gTLD – .abudhabi. It is now considered to be the official domain name of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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Crash In New gTLD Registrations Sees Total Domain Registrations Drop 2.8M In 12 Months: Verisign

Total domain name registrations around the world dropped 2.8 million in the year to 30 June, or 0.7%, to 367.3 million, according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief. But most noticeable was the crash in new gTLD registrations – a drop of 8.8 million to 22.9 million from 31.6 million, or 27.8% year over year.

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ICANN: Results of the Audit on Registrars’ Compliance with DNS Abuse Obligations

[news release] ICANN Contractual Compliance has completed its audit of registrars’ compliance with the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) requirements related to the mitigation of Domain Name System (DNS) abuse. The report summarizes the methodology and the results of the audit of 126 registrars who in aggregate manage over 90% of all registered generic second-level domain names.

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TLD Updates: .ZUERICH Sunrise, Singapore Launches Search For New Businesses plus Singapore National Day Promotion, TLDCON 2021 Registration Opens, LACTLD Turns 23 and NamesCon Delayed To September

The Sunrise period for the new gTLD for Switzerland’s largest city and canton by population, Zürich, commences on 30 August, and will run until 29 October.

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After Six Years of Deliberations, Second Level .AU Registrations Are Coming In 2022

It only took six years from one of those now defunct policy advisory groups, a Names Policy Panel, recommended it, but auDA has finally gotten around to announcing a definitive launch of second level .au domain names. They’re coming in March 2022.

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M3AAWG/APWG Report Finds GDPR Impact on WHOIS Impedes Criminal Investigations

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) have again collaborated to conduct a survey of cyber investigators and anti-abuse service providers to understand how ICANN’s application of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has impacted on the distributed WHOIS service and anti-abuse work. The resulting report, published in June, discusses the effect of the Temporary Specification on anti-abuse actors’ access and usage of domain name registration information, which is central for various types of investigations.

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