The Chagos Islanders, banned from their island chain by “apartheid-like laws and do not participate in the island chain’s booming Internet and defence-oriented economy” want their ccTLD .IO back. Two organisations, The Crypto Currency Resolution Trust (Bahamas) and The Chagos Refugees Group, have now lodged a complaint with the OECD “detailing consumer and human rights harms committed by Afilias”.
Ethos Capital announced Thursday it has completed an investment to acquire a controlling interest of Donuts Inc. from Abry Partners. Based in Seattle, Washington, Donuts holds the world’s largest portfolio of top-level domains with 260 new gTLDs as well as providing registry services for a number of other top-level domains (both gTLDs and ccTLDs) through both its Donuts and Afilias brands.
Less than one month after it was announced Donuts were taking on the domain name registry business of Afilias, Ethos Capital has announced it is taking over Donuts by acquiring a controlling interest in the company.
Donuts dropped a bit of a bombshell on the domain name industry Thursday by announcing they were taking on the domain name registry business of Afilias, making it one of the largest providers of backend registry services for hundreds of ccTLDs, legacy gTLDs and new gTLDs.
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Over 64,000 previously unregistered .PR domain names were released on Monday, Puerto Rico Top Level Domain has announced. The domains released are a mix of words and terms in Spanish and English as well as numerical strings.Continue reading .PR Releases 64,000 Premium Domains
Afilias announced Monday it was acquiring the .global new gTLD from Cloud Names to add to its stable. It will be Afiliasâ 22nd new gTLD and add 48,650 domain names to the 172,700 domain names under management it currently has. Itâs currently 63rd on the nTLDstats chart when it comes to total registration numbers.
Afilias already provides backend registry services to .global and given Cloud Names, the current operator, only has this one new gTLD under its management means itâs likely they will exit the new gTLD business as a company. .cloud was delegated in June 2014 and entered General Availability in September 2014 and has been on a gradual but continuous rise ever since. Originally there were 2 applicants for .cloud, with Donuts withdrawing its application in what appeared to be a privately negotiated deal.
Afilias also provides backend registry services for 191 new generic top level domains, the largest of which is .xin with 94,000 domain names under management and .global is second, and in total has close to over 452,000 DUM.
As Afilias has been the registry services provider for .GLOBAL since it was delegated, the change of ownership has little practical impact on registrar customers and none on registrants. Afilias in their announcement says that some paperwork will need to be updated, and Afilias will provide support for the administrative changes.
âAilias is pleased to acquire another successful TLDâ said Hal Lubsen, Chief Executive Officer of Afilias. âRolf Larsen and his team have done a great job building .GLOBAL to the success it is today, and Afilias looks forward to continuing to work with our registrar partners to expand the franchise. Many website owners want to give their message a global appeal, and a .GLOBAL address is, by definition, a great platform.â
âWe are glad that Afilias is taking over .GLOBALâ said Rolf Larsen, Chief Executive Officer of Dot Global Domain Registry Limited. âAs our technical partner from inception, Afilias has the scale, organisation and financial resources to enable .GLOBAL to reach its full potentialâ he continued. âWe are working closely together to minimise the impact of this change on our customers.â
Afilias, the worldâs second largest domain name registry, today announced that it has promoted Ram Mohan to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for most of the day-to-day operations of Afilias and its global subsidiaries.
Mr. Mohan will continue to report to Afiliasâ President and CEO, Hal Lubsen; most all of Mr. Lubsenâ s previous direct reports will now report to Mr. Mohan. Mr. Mohanâs appointment recognizes the pivotal role he has played in the development of Afilias and paves the way for continued growth for the company.
âRamâs thorough understanding of our industry and the Company, coupled with his excellent record of getting things done, will help lead the company going forwardâ said Mr. Lubsen. âRam has played a leadership role in all of Afiliasâ major successes, and the Board and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to continue building on this strong foundation.â Mr. Lubsen will continue to be responsible for and oversee finance, mergers and acquisitions and most legal matters.
Mr. Mohan joined Afilias in June 2001 as Chief Technology Officer to oversee the start-up of Afilias and the launch of its inaugural product, .info. He was involved with the creation of the historic partnership with ISOC in 2002 and the founding of Public Interest Registry as the steward of .ORG. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 2008. His leadership has helped Afilias earn the confidence of the operators of over 180 top level domains (including 14 country codes), and the successful management of over 20 TLDs owned by Afilias. For over a decade, Mr. Mohan served as an ICANN Board member representing SSAC, sharing his expertise in cybersecurity. Mr. Mohan is also a global leader in IDN technology and has helped bring native language domain names to India, Asia and the Middle East.
Mr. Mohan will begin his new responsibilities on March 6th, 2019. He will initially be responsible for his former CTO responsibilities.
Afilias is the worldâs second largest domain registry, with over 20 million domain names under management in over 200 top level domains. Afilias powers a wide variety of top-level domains, including TLDs for countries, cities, brands, communities and generic terms. Afiliasâ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a broad range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, managed DNS, and mobile Web services. Afilias, Inc. is based near Philadelphia – offices are also located in Dublin Ireland, Toronto Canada, New Delhi India, Melbourne Australia, Vista California, and Beijing China. Afilias holds a Guinness World Records title for the âLargest migration of an internet top-level domain in a single transitionâ for its migration of the .au top-level domain in 2018. For more information on Afilias services please visit www.afilias.info.
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Afilias, one of the leading operators of gTLDs and providers of backend registry services, has announced that 20 of their gTLDs have now been approved for registration by Chinese registrants and hosting within China by the countryâs Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
The announcement clears the way for millions of Chinese businesses and other registrants to operate sites using these additional 15 popular TLDs which are owned and operated by Afilias.
In 2017, Afilias became one of the first western registry operators to be licensed for in-country operations by Chinaâs MIIT with the approval of .INFO, .MOBI, .PRO, .RED, and .KIM. By 2018, there were nearly 2 million Afilias domain names registered to Chinese registrants. With last weekâs announcement, 20 TLDs operated by Afilias are now available for sale by Chinese registrars.
âAfilias is excited that our China Registry Service is now supporting 20 TLDs for China,â said Kun Qian, Afiliasâ China Country Head. âWe are pleased that these TLDs have passed MIITs stringent requirements, and we look forward to working closely with our Chinese registrar partners to expand choice for Chinese registrants and enable them to take advantage of these globally recognized TLDs.â
âChinaâs domain name market is one of the worldâs biggest and fastest growing,â said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President of Afilias, âand the addition of 15 popular new TLDs should help support even broader adoption and growth of the Internet. We are especially proud to offer .ç§»å¨, which can add fuel to the rapidly expanding mobile market. The new addresses are expected to be a âwin-winâ for registrars and registrants.â
Afilias also provides registry services to meet the technology needs of clients who operate their own TLDs, including country codes, âdotBrandsâ and other generic terms. Registry operators wishing to explore the China market should contact Afilias to see if the Afilias China Registry Service might be of interest.
The 20 Afilias TLDs now available in China are:
- .ç§»å¨ [dotCHINESEMOBILE]
The agenda of the 11th International Conference of ccTLD Registries and Registrars of the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe is now available. The TLDCON 2018 conference will include speeches by domain experts from Russia, Latvia, the US, Canada, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, Serbia and others.
The conference, which usually attracts between 100 and 150 attendees and has around 120 attendees for this yearâs meeting listed, will cover topics such as the security of the domain space, interaction between the domain industry and copyright owners, the development of national domains, DNS and new technology. In addition, on the second day of the conference representatives of Russian and foreign registries will gather to discuss the models of registration business.
The Domain VS Content section on information security will be devoted to the work with domains that are used for illegal purposes. The section will bring together registry experts from the CIS countries, Europe, North America, as well as representatives of international organizations and information security experts: ICANN’s Senior Director of Security, Stability and Resiliency John Crain, founder and CEO of iThreat Cyber Group and SSAC member Jeffrey R. Bedser, and head of the Canadian think tank Secure Domain Foundation Norm Ritchie. For the first time, the analysis and forecast for domain name usage will be discussed at TLDCON. The forecasting tools help to detect before the delegation whether it would be used for illegal purposes and thus make this domain name the focus of attention of security experts and lower the risks for the users. In this section, Russia will be represented by Pavel Shepetina from Group-IB and Alexander Venedyukhin from the Technical Center of Internet.
Another section, Legal Issues of Domain Registration, will feature a heated discussion between industry representatives and stakeholders. Yekaterina Kalinicheva, head of the intellectual property protection division at Semenov&Pevzner, will represent the latter group. For the first time in the history of TLDCON, a stakeholder is taking part in a relevant domain event to express their opinion whether registrars should be responsible for content.
The DNS and New Technology section will have speeches by representatives of Rostelecom Group: the Technical Center of Internet, Ngenix and MSK-IX. They will speak about how new technology such as blockchain, CDN and new ways to identify users, are used for the development of the domain space and the benefits for the users and the domain business. John Crain will explain to the audience how to protect DNS while using new technology. Representative of .ART domain Sergei Baukin will present a practical case of the use of DNS in works of art authentication.
At the National Domainsâ New Lease of Life section representatives of national registries of Ukraine and Belarus, on one side, and the registries of the new domains Afilias and .ART on the other side will discuss current marketing approaches to promoting top-level domain names. The section will reveal how the domain role is changing today and what new uses there are. In addition, Andrei Kuzmichev from RU-CENTER will evaluate the current situation from the point of view of a registrar.
TLDCON 2018 will conclude with a meeting of Registrars Club: Welcome or Members Only? where participants will discuss various business models of registrars, accreditation requirements, differences and similarities of work in national and general top-level domains. Representatives of Russian and Armenian registries, ICANN experts and experienced and new registrars will speak about new models. This many-sided view can help understand the nuances of the work of accredited registrars.
The TLDCON 11th International Conference of ccTLD Registries and Registrars of the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe will take place in Jurmala, Latvia, on September 12-13. Participating at the conference is free but registration is obligatory.