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ICANN: Hotel Booking Links Now Open for 2012 Meetings in Prague and Toronto

ICANN Prague meeting logoICANN recently opened the hotel booking link and conference registration link for its upcoming 44th public meeting to be held 24-29 June 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic at the Hilton Prague Hotel. Additional information about the meeting, as well as ICANN group hotel rates is now available on the Prague Meeting Website.

ICANN‘s 45th public meeting will be held 14-19 October 2012 in Toronto, Canada at The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel. ICANN group hotel rates are available. Reservations can now be made through the ICANN Meetings Website.

More information about supporting hotels, transportation, and the meeting agenda for both Prague and Toronto will be posted as it becomes available.

ICANN meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the globe to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings are free for anyone who wishes to attend, and offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums, and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies.

We also offer several tools for remote participation such as streaming live audio and video, chatrooms, and online question boxes.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-03apr12-en.htm

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN International Public Meeting 44 in Prague, Czech Republic

ICANN logoICANN is now accepting online applications for the 16th round of the Fellowship program. Successful candidates will participate in the ICANN meeting to be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 24-29 June 2012.

The Fellowship program is open to applicants who are current residents of developing and least developed nations and interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, constituencies and stakeholder groups. Priority is given to individuals new to the ICANN environment from government and the ccTLD community, as well as those from academic, civil, business and non-profit entities, which are NOT involved in or associated with other ICANN supported travel programs. The program provides the support and opportunity for these participants to gain knowledge on how to have their voices heard in the Internet community and ICANN. More information regarding terms and conditions, as well as eligibility is available online at http://www.icann.org/en/fellowships/ or email at fellowships@icann.org regarding any questions about this process or program.

The Fellowship program arranges the airfare, hotel and a stipend for those individuals selected to participate in this ICANN meeting. Recipients are expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN processes, both at the meeting and in the future. As always, registration for ICANN’s meetings is free for anyone wanting to attend.

Applications for the meeting in Prague will be accepted from 00:00 UTC on 7 January 2012 until 00:00 UTC on 20 February 2012. Successful candidates will be posted on the ICANN Fellowship webpage by 6 April 2012.

What Is ICANN?

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet.

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-06jan12-en.htm

CZ.NIC brings clarity to the domain market by introducing registrar certification

CZ.NIC logoRegistrar certification is being introduced by the registry for .CZ domain names to help give registrants greater confidence when registering domain names.

The new certification comes about after CZ.NIC observed the near tripling since 2008 of firms in the Czech Republic offering domain name registration services as well as serious pricing competition leading to what the registry views as “disorder” in the market.

The registrar certification project is aimed at providing those interested in domain names a basic overview of the level of services offered by individual registrars and at defining the ideal qualities and functions of the registration system and related services.

“Certification is voluntary, and a registrar can apply at any time. The evaluation takes into account criteria such as the possibility to register the .CZ domain, the quality of help and documentation as well as the technical functionality of the system and additional services. A registrar can earn up to five stars depending on their level. Registrars with at least one star are authorized to use the designation Registrar Certified for Retail,” explains Martin Peterka, operations director of CZ.NIC and the person responsible for the Association’s cooperation with .CZ domain registrars.

As the evaluation project is intended for registrars focused on end customers, the assessment criteria are defined according to the needs of this type of client.

For more information on .CZ domain names, see www.nic.cz.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Three-Quarters Million .CZ Domains

CZ.NIC logoThere are now three-quarters of a million .CZ domain names, the registry for .CZ domain names, cz.nic, has announced.

For more information, see the news release below:

The pace of new domain registrations continues to keep up. There are already 750,000 of them
Prague, 6 January 2011 – Today at 3:20 a.m., the CZ.NIC association, administrator of the Czech top-level domain, recorded the 750,000th registration of the .CZ domain. The average monthly increase in the number of .CZ domains has thus remained around 10,000. The last 50,000 domains have been added since last August. According to CZ.NIC statistics, 87% of domain holders are men, and 52% are companies and legal entities.

“From the beginning of 2006 until October 2007, around 5000 domains were registered each month. Since 2007, after the migration to FRED, a new registration system that streamlined the process and made it much cheaper, the number of new registrations has doubled. If we maintain this trend, we could celebrate the first million by the end of 2012,” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC association.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Czech Internet Users Reject IDNs for .CZ

CZ.NIC logoWhile most ccTLDs, and even countries, are introducing internationalised domain names, the Czech public has said thanks but no thanks in a consultation held by CZ.NIC.

This latest consultation was the fourth time in a row that the Czech internet public rejected the introduction of diacritics in the .CZ ccTLD according to research carried out by Markent for the CZ.NIC association, the registry for .CZ.

The number of organizations opposed to the use of diacritics was up 6 per cent compared to the previous survey taken in 2008, while for ordinary internet users it was down 4 per cent. The survey results are an important factor for the CZ.NIC association in terms of accepting or refusing IDN in domains with the .CZ suffix.

“The repeated refusal of IDN was not a surprise. The last three surveys had very similar results and there have been no signs over the last two years pointing towards a change in this trend. Quite the opposite – in the long term, the negative attitude of the Czech Internet public toward IDN is growing,” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC association.

Among the most frequent mentioned reasons for rejecting IDNs was the unwillingness to get used to the change and more complicated access for foreign visitors.

However the survey indicates that those less familiar with languages such as English are more likely to support IDNs being introduced to .CZ. The survey found that a typical supporter of IDNs among individual users is a woman over 50 years of age who lives in a municipality with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants and who uses the internet occasionally. As for organisations, the typical entity is a non-profit organisation or an entity active in the public administration, education, or health sectors.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

DOMAINfest Europe Agenda Announced

The agenda for DOMAINfest Europe, to be held on 6 and 7 October, 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic has been announced. Sessions on the agenda will cover domain monetisation, European ccTLD and IDN opportunities, legal issues impacting on domain investors and selecting keywords that produce traffic. Early bird registration is available for $395.

For more information see the news release below.

DomainSponsor Opens Registration, Announces Agenda for DOMAINfest Europe Conference in Prague [news release]

Unique Mixture of Learning, Networking and Fun

LOS ANGELES, Calif. and FRANKFURT, Germany (May 26) — DomainSponsor®, the domain monetization business of Oversee.net® and organizer of the DOMAINfest® series of conferences, today announced the agenda for DOMAINfest Europe. The event is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 6 and 7, 2010, at the Hotel InterContinental in Prague, Czech Republic.

Based on the success of its DOMAINfest Global conference held each year in southern California, DomainSponsor expanded the DOMAINfest franchise in 2010 with a series of new regional events designed to make DOMAINfest’s highly regarded learning and networking opportunities more accessible to regional domain investors and internet marketing experts. Events in 2010 will include New York City and Prague; DOMAINfest Fort Lauderdale was held on May 13, 2010.

The DOMAINfest franchise is dedicated to the success of domain publishers worldwide. As with all DOMAINfest events, the European conference will combine fun and networking with in-depth discussions on how to increase the value of Internet real estate.

“Our Prague agenda facilitates important discussions around highly relevant topics for European domain investors, said Oversee.net Senior Vice President Peter Celeste. “At the same time, it is designed to help attendees build high quality relationships that will pay dividends well beyond the end of our two-day conference. From start to finish, our goal is to create an atmosphere and experience that fits with our DOMAINfest Europe theme: Building Bridges. Building Success. And for the first time ever, we will offer free on-site interpreters in select languages to help the largest groups of non-English speaking guests get the most out of their DOMAINfest experience.”

Conference Agenda

DOMAINfest Europe will open Wednesday, October 6, with remarks by Jeff Kupietzky, CEO and President of Oversee.net, followed by a soon-to-be-announced keynote presentation.
That afternoon, during two-hour Power Networking sessions, attendees are free to walk around the conference room and meet one-on-one and in small groups with subject matter experts on the following topics:

European ccTLD and IDN Opportunities
Where should domain investors be concentrating their buying efforts? For corporate brand managers, do ccTLD and IDN domains represent a fast, easy way to penetrate into new markets? Attendees can refine their ccTLD and IDN plans by joining fellow attendees and respected experts in discussing these important questions.

Alternative Ways to Monetize Domain Traffic
Attendees can listen and learn from each other and from invited experts about monetization alternatives such as CPA, affiliate networks, and lead generation. Discussions will also center on website development technology, content sources and service providers effective in monetizing traffic originating from specific regions of Europe and the world.

Selecting Keywords That Produce Traffic

Experts will discuss European keyword tools and strategies that can help maximize the success of SEO, SEM, and domain name buying efforts. Panelists will focus on the most efficient and effective tactics and techniques for selecting what keywords to include in domain name purchases, site content, meta tags, and ad campaigns.

European Legal Issues Impacting Domain Investors
This is an opportunity to get free advice on the latest European legal and tax issues impacting domain investment decisions. Discussions with the experts will help attendees protect domain name assets and learn how to approach legal and regulatory issues.

After the Power Networking sessions, the Wednesday agenda includes a Moniker Live Domain Auction followed by a networking dinner party at an historic Prague venue.

The agenda on Thursday, October 7, is designed to help attendees build meaningful personal relationships by sharing one-of-a-kind experiences in unique excursions around Prague. When registering for DOMAINfest, attendees can select one morning and one afternoon excursion from the options below. Space is limited in each, so attendees are encouraged to register early in order to select preferred excursions. Details on the excursions are available online at www.domainfest.com/Prague2010/networking.

Thursday morning choices include:

  • Guided Walking Tour and River
  • Spy Game.
  • Grand Prix Go Kart Racing
  • Bobsled Racing.
  • AK47 and M16 Shooting Contest.

Thursday afternoon excursion choices include:

  • Prague Castle and Church Walking Tour.
  • Grand Prix Go Kart
  • Pub Hunt Contest.
  • AK47 and M16 Shooting Contest
  • Skoda Road Rallye

Attendees can mingle, have fun and share interesting stories of their excursion experiences over lunch and during DomainSponsor’s farewell dinner party.

DOMAINfest Prague Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities
Online registration is now open. Visit www.domainfest.com for event details and to register. The early bird registration rate will be US$395 until July 1, followed by a discounted rate of US$495 until September 1, then an increase to US$595. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact sales@domainfest.com.

Moniker.com Domain Auction Schedule
Moniker® will host a live premium domain name auction on Wednesday, October 6 from 16:00 to 19:00 local Prague time, followed by an extended online-only auction from October 7 to October 14. The SnapNames Live™ technology used to run this live auction offers real-time online viewing and bidding from anywhere in the world via a free software download. Sellers can now submit domains for possible inclusion in these auctions. Auction details can be found at: www.domainfest.com/Prague2010/auction.

DNSSEC Protects Over 87,000 .CZ Domains

cz.nic logoIn the first week of March, DNSSEC technology was introduced for more than 70,000 .CZ domains. With over 87,000 signed domains, the CZ.NIC Association, the .CZ registry, has the most domain names with DNSSEC protecting their domain names.

The CZ.NIC Association introduced DNSSEC into the .CZ domain in October 2008. You can find out more about this technology at the address www.dnssec.cz.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

CZ.NIC Announces Decreases in Prices for .CZ Domains

cz.nic logoCZ.NIC, the registry for .CZ domains, has announced they will decrease their annual registration fee for registering a .CZ domain as of 1 January 2010. The wholesale price for a domain registration will drop from the current CZK 190 excl. VAT to CZK 155 excl. VAT.

“After more than two years there is again a price drop in .CZ domains. In this way we stick to our medium-term strategy,” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of CZ.NIC association. ”The valid pricelist can be found on the CZ.NIC website as of today.”

The current wholesale price of the Czech national domain is CZK 190 excl. VAT. This rate has been valid since October 2007 when the CZ.NIC association migrated to the new registration system FRED. The latter was developed by CZ.NIC as an open-source solution and is used not only by the Czech administrator but also by national domain register administrators in Angola or Tanzania.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

600,000 .CZ Domains Registered: CZ.NIC

cz.nic logoCZ.NIC announced they have reached the 600,000th registered .CZ domain name earlier this month. The milestone was reached on 30 September. Jumping from 500,000 to 600,000 registered domains took less than ten months with around 10,000 domain names being registered every month.

“The .CZ domain has held the position of most requested domain for a long time with Czech registrars, which essentially confirms the global trend for the preference of national domains. On average, this year we have recorded around 10,000 new .CZ names every month” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC association.

Another reason for the increase in domain name registrations was the introduction of a new domain name management system in October 2007 called FRED. This made the registration process much quicker and simplified the process and made the registration costs cheaper.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .CZ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.