Category Archives: Domain Name Registrants

COVID Pandemic Sees 2020 A Year of Growth For .DE As Ecommerce Booms

Germany’s .de increased registrations by 2.3% in 2020, an increase in registrations of a quarter of a million domain names, which was a noticeable uptick following several years of little growth, in a year when the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world and there was a move to more ecommerce.

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As DENIC’s CEO Jörg Schweiger Prepares To Step Down, He Speaks About His Time At DENIC, Security, New TLDs, ICANN, GDPR and Future of Domains

In January Jörg Schweiger, DENIC’s CTO from 2007 to 2014 and CEO since 2014, announced he was stepping down from his position in December. It’s been quite a ride and the domain name industry has evolved quite a lot. So we asked Jörg a few questions about his time with DENIC and the changes he’s seen.

Jörg is one of those people that always seems to be smiling, at least at Domain Pulse and ICANN meetings! Always engaging. So when we asked him a few questions, he came up with some insightful views on why he thought new TLDs missed a great opportunity to do something with “innovative new business models”, the importance of security to DENIC and the challenges of GDPR as well as the future of domain names. Jörg even wonders if ICANN can continue its relevance with cost pressures, global regulations and divergent views amongst its “broad multi-faceted community.”

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DENIC-Chef Jörg Schweiger spricht über DENIC, Sicherheit, neue TLDs, ICANN, DSGVO und die Zukunft der Domains

Im Januar gab Jörg Schweiger, von 2007 bis 2014 CTO und seit 2014 CEO der DENIC, bekannt, dass er im Dezember von seinem Amt zurücktritt. Das ist eine lange Zeit, und die Domainbranche hat sich sehr stark entwickelt. Wir haben Jörg Schweiger ein paar Fragen zu seiner Zeit bei der DENIC und den Veränderungen, die er erlebt hat, gestellt.

Jörg Schweiger ist einer dieser Menschen, die einen mit einem freundlichen Lächeln einnehmen, immer offen für den Dialog. Als wir ihm also ein paar Fragen stellten, antwortete er mit einigen aufschlussreichen Ansichten darüber, warum er der Meinung ist, dass die neuen TLDs eine große Chance verpasst haben, wie wichtig Sicherheit und Zuverlässigkeit für die DENIC ist und welche Herausforderungen die Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DSGVO oder GDPR) sowie die Zukunft der Domainnamen mit sich bringen. Jörg fragt sich sogar, ob ICANN angesichts des Kostendrucks, der anstehenden globalen Regulierungsinitiativen und der unterschiedlichen Ansichten in ihrer “breiten, vielschichtigen Community” weiterhin ihre (klar umrissene) Aufgabe erfüllen kann.

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ICANN71 Begins 14 June, Register Now

[news release] The ICANN71 Policy Forum will be held 14 through 17 June 2021. Initially planned for The Hague, Netherlands, this meeting will take place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the schedule to register for the sessions you want to attend. Important note: ICANN71 will be held in the UTC +2 Central European Summer Time (CEST) zone.

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PIR Launches 2021 .ORG Impact Awards With Increased Prize Money

Public Interest Registry launched their .2021 .ORG Impact Awards Tuesday with a call for nominations, an increase in prize money and updated categories.

Now in their third year, the awards seek to honour innovative and inspiring organisations and individuals making the world a better place.

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Nominet’s Board Wiped Out Following Monday’s EGM

An Extraordinary General Meeting held Monday saw four of Nominet’s directors including Chair Mark Wood removed from their positions, while CEO and board member Russell Haworth stood down on Sunday, the day before the meeting. The Board clear-out follows a campaign for reform of the .uk ccTLD registry by Public Benefit .UK.

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Nominet CEO Falls On His Sword To Avoid More Carnage At Today’s EGM

Nominet’s CEO Russell Haworth has become the sacrifice in the ongoing battles over management of the .uk ccTLD. In an announcement today, Nominet said Haworth “intends to step down from the Board and relinquish his duties as CEO. Russell will complete a short transition, arrangements for which details are being finalised. The board will announce interim leadership measures in due course.” Whether Haworth’s sacrifice minimises the fallout coming from today’s EGM remains to be seen.

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Fire At French Data Centre OVHcloud Takes Down 464,000 Domain Names

Around 3.6 million websites across 464,000 domain names were taken offline after a major fire at an OVHcloud data centre site in Strasbourg last week, Netcraft is reporting. Around 184,000 websites using 59,600 .fr domain names were impacted, around 1.9% of all .fr domain names.

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PIR Project Seeks To Improve Quality of Domain Name Space

PIR is on a mission to improve the domain name space for fellow registries, registrars and registrants. More than a year and a half ago – in May 2019 – the .org registry introduced the Quality Performance Index, or QPI. In doing so, they created a roadmap to identify best practices and incentives for registrars to reduce abuse rates and increase renewals of .ORGs.

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Crash In New gTLD Registrations Sees Global Domain Registrations Drop 4.4M In Q4: Verisign DNIB

Total new gTLD registrations have been on a downhill slide since late September 2020 according to nTLDstats.com and the decline is continuing. Verisign’s authorative Domain Name Industry Brief released this week reports that in the final quarter of 2020, new gTLD domain name registrations dropped 4.2 million to 26.0 million which equates to a drop of 13.8% compared to the third quarter of 2020. Over the year new gTLDs decreased by 3.3 million or 11.2%.

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