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Having Problems Finding That .COM or .NET Domain Name? Verisign’s NameStudio Can Help.

With short, memorable .com and .net domain names almost non-existent, many startups, small businesses and individuals find it difficult to get their desired domain name in one of these top level domains. So Verisign have developed a solution. NameStudio is an easy-to-use brainstorming device to help find that great domain name.

OK, the domain name they come up with may not be short, but it will pass the radio test, where one will understand the domain name when they hear it.

Through NameStudio, users type in keywords for domain names related to their idea or business. The service can dynamically generate relevant domain name options that can complement their keywords of interest, spurring creativity and additional domain name suggestions. The service is optimized for mobile and desktop users.

Domain Pulse started by typing in “kangaroo”, selecting a prefix of “blue” from the options presented and then another prefix from those next offered of “my”. We were then told the domain name mybluekangaroo.com was available. The service also works for the other Verisign TLDs .net, and their country code top level domains (ccTLDs) .tv and .cc.

NameStudio delivers relevant .com and .net domain name suggestions based on popular keywords, trending news topics and semantic relevance. Pulling from multiple and diverse data sources, the service can identify the context of a word, break search terms apart into logical combinations and quickly return results. It can also distinguish personal names from other keywords and use machine-learning algorithms that get smarter over time.

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Domaining Europe Conference to Feature Whiskey.com In Undeveloped Auction

The upcoming Domaining Europe conference is set to see some big domain names up for auction, including whiskey.com and gastronomy.com.

The whiskey.com domain name is set to go for a big seven-figure sum given the sale of whisky.com in 2014 for $3.1 million. Whiskey and whisky are the same thing, with the former common in Ireland the United States while the latter is used in all other whiskey producing countries.

In addition to the above 2 domains, sevilla.com, harddrives.com, zut.com and the recently released 5.at, which sold for €9,200 when it was auctioned for the very first time when nic.at sold over 350 short domains through auction, domains that were released for the very first time.

As well as the auction, there are speeches from Verisign, Rolf Larsen on “What Can a Registry Do for Domain Investors?”, a Healthy Domain Report panel moderated by eco’s Lars Steffen, a panel looking at top level domains, how to make money from keyword domains, internet governance, a presentation on the success of .club, how brands are using their TLDs and a Verisign insight on their .cc and .tv, among quite a few others.

Tickets are still available for the Domaining Europe 2017 conference, which will be held in Berlin from 14 to 17 May. The conference is aimed at domain industry professionals, investors and anyone interested in the industry. Currently conference tickets are available for €395 plus VAT (including catering) or VIP tickets that additionally include side events and a sightseeing boat trip, with €100 going to the Charity for Hope Children Centre, are available for €650 (plus VAT).

For more information on the agenda, speakers and even to register, go to:

UK Child Protection Agency Finds 5 TLDs Account For 80% of Child Porn

Five top level domains accounted for 80% of all webpages identified as containing child sexual abuse images and videos, according to the 2016 annual report from the UK’s online reporting hotline for child sexual abuse, the Internet Watch Foundation, released today, with 57,335 URLs containing child sexual abuse imagery and these were hosted on 2,416 domains worldwide.

The 5 TLDs are .com, .net, .se (Sweden), .io (British Indian Ocean Territory) and .cc (Cocos (Keeling) Islands). Verisign is the registry operator for .com and .net, the largest and fifth largest TLDs globally, with 126.9 and 15.3 million registrations respectively, according to their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as the backend registry operator for .cc. On a per domain basis, it’s clear the operators of .se, .io and cc need to do much more.

Criminals are increasingly using masking techniques to hide child sexual abuse images and videos on the internet and leaving clues to paedophiles so they can find it. IWF has identified commercial child sexual abuse websites which only display the criminal imagery when accessed by a “digital pathway” of links from other websites. The pathway is like a trail of breadcrumbs; when the pathway is not followed or the website is accessed directly through a browser, legal content is displayed. This means it’s more difficult to find and investigate the illegal imagery. It also means that criminal enterprises online are receiving legitimate banking services, as checking their website won’t automatically reveal the criminal content.

When IWF first identified this technique, they developed a way of revealing the illegal imagery, meaning they could remove it, and the websites could be investigated. But the criminals continually change how they hide the illegal imagery, so IWF’s expert analysts adapt in response.

Europe now hosts the majority of child sexual abuse webpages (60%), with North America moving to second place (37%). In contrast, UK now hosts less than 0.1% of child sexual abuse imagery globally, and this is due to the zero tolerance approach the internet industry in the UK takes. Breaking this down further, 92% of all child sexual abuse URLs identified globally in 2016 were hosted in five countries: Netherlands (37%), USA (22%), Canada (15%), France (11%), and Russia (7%).

Unsurprisingly, the criminals behind child sexual abuse online have also taken to the new gTLDs. Registration numbers in the new generic top level domains have jumped almost 8-fold to 29.034 million today from 3.722 million on 1 January 2015 and 2.6-fold from 11.230 million on 1 January 2016. And so has the child abuse that has used new gTLDs. In 2015, the IWF took action against 436 URLs on 117 websites using new gTLDs. In 2016 they took action against 1,559 URLs on 272 websites using new gTLDs – an increase of 258% from the year before, or 2.3-fold. Of these 272 websites, 226 were websites dedicated to distributing child sexual abuse content.

Recognising that new gTLDs are also used for hosting child sexual abuse, the IWF has partnered with leading registries to help prevent the use of gTLDs being used to show children being sexually abused. They utilise Domain Alerts to help their members in the domain registration sector to prevent abuse of their services by criminals attempting to use domains for websites dedicated to the distribution of child sexual abuse imagery. Several registries and registrars are members of IWF, including Rightside and Nominet.

Rightside has been particularly active and playing their part, becoming an IWF Member in September 2015. The IWF annual report gives as a case study the work Rightside, registry operator for .ninja, in attempting to take down domain names that host child abuse content. In 2016 Rightside received Domain Alerts relating to two .ninja domains. These domain names were found to be associated with 138 items of content depicting child sexual abuse material.

Rightside considers the IWF as a trusted third party notifier; this simply means that given the IWF’s unique mandate from the UK authorities, to actively seek and take action on criminal online content worldwide, any Domain Alert report received from the IWF, is taken at face value. Rightside’s Abuse Team can proceed, confident in the knowledge that the IWF’s trained analysts, have investigated, evidenced, and reported all findings to the relevant law enforcement authorities.

Rightside has implemented rapid internal processes for best managing IWF Domain Alerts. They are especially sensitive to the possibility of hacked websites, or situations where their domains are being used by legitimate businesses who may have thousands of users, with any one of these users being potentially responsible for the illegal content. As a registry, Rightside wants to ensure their actions don’t cause further harm, working quickly and decisively to identify the best way to remove illegal content, with the least impact to those not responsible.

“We believe that the IWF partnership provides an important protection, not only for all of Rightside’s registrants, and the general internet user, but protects the well-being of Rightside’s own Abuse Team in processing such reports,” said Alan Woods, Rightside’s Registry Compliance Manager.

“Rightside, as one of the first new gTLD registries to partner with the IWF, sees the benefit of membership in establishing gTLD best practices to protect all web users worldwide from malicious actors. Working with the IWF has been a great partnership in notifying us immediately when a site, using one of our domains, is being abused so we can take action to disable the domain in question.”

“Criminals will attempt to abuse new technologies for their own gain – in this case it’s using new domain names,” said Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO.

“As a Member of IWF, and the registry for .NINJA, we’ve seen first-hand how Rightside shares our zero-tolerance of child sexual abuse material. We appreciate their commitment and hope the rest of the industry steps up to ensure that criminals distributing child sexual abuse material can find no refuge in gTLDs, only swift and immediate action to stamp out these channels.”

The IWF Annual Report 2016 is available here:

Short Domains Dominate Weekly Sales Chart

Domain Name Journal logoIt was a big week, or fortnight since the chart to 24 May covered two weeks, for short domains on the Domain Name Journal chart. In total there were 12 domains of four characters or less in the top 20 reported sales with mera.com topping the chart, selling for $132,500 in a private sale.

Coming in second was adopting.com, which sold for $125,000 through Domain Holdings, while fbet.com came in third selling for €50,000 ($54,500) through Sedo.

On the TLD side of things there were 14 .com sales, two for .net and one each for .tv, .co.uk, .cc and .eu. There were also 13 sales through Sedo.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the fortnight to 24 May in more detail, go to: