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ICANN58 Copenhagen Mobile App Now Available

For attendees of the upcoming ICANN58 in Copenhagen, to be held from 11 to 16 March, they can now download the meeting mobile app from the App Store, Blackberry World, Google Play and the Windows Store.
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Using the app it’s possible to register for ICANN58, find out important event information, learn about Copenhagen, meet other meeting participants and much more.

Start preparing for ICANN58 in Copenhagen by downloading our mobile app today.

Danish ccTLD Enters Partnership With Police In Fight Against Cybercrime

dk-hostmaster-logoThe Danish registry DK Hostmaster has entered into a partnership with authorities and private internet companies in the fight against financial cybercrime. Following consultations in April that were aimed at cutting crime involving .dk websites, a number of initiatives were identified including increased collaboration, knowledge sharing and optimisation of processes.

One of the challenges identified, especially for smaller police districts, was identifying information about who is behind a website and who has registered the domain name. As a result DK Hostmaster created a guide to what information they hold and how to find it.

The guide for Danish police, in Danish, on what DK Hostmaster provides is available for download from:

ICANN58 NextGen@ICANN Application Round Now Open

ICANN logoICANN is looking for the next generation of individuals interested in becoming engaged in their regional communities and shaping the future of global Internet policy.

Important work is happening every day at ICANN. If you’re ready to start your ICANN journey, ICANN58 Copenhagen could be the place to begin!

This application round will stay open until 4 November 2016. Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website, ICANN.org, on 2 December 2016.

Learn more about NextGen@ICANN!

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ICANN Announces Third 2018 Public Meeting For Barcelona

ICANN’s Board approved a proposal to hold their third public meeting for 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, at regular meeting of the board on 15 September.The meeting, to be ICANN’s 63rd public meeting, is scheduled for 20 to 26 October and follows the usual call for recommendations. There were several parties interested in holding the meeting, although ICANN doesn’t say how many in their announcement.The next ICANN meeting, the 57th public meeting, is to be held in Hyderabad, India from 3 to 9 November 2016.The scheduled meetings for 2017 are to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 to 16 March followed by Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 to 29 June and then Aby Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 28 October to 3 November.The locations for the first two public meetings in 2018 haven’t yet been announced but are scheduled for North America in March and then Latin America and the Caribbean in June.

ICANN58 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

ICANN launches the application round for participants interested in the ICANN58 Public Meeting through the Fellowship Program.
icann-public-meetings-bannerThe meeting takes place from 11-16 March 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The deadline to apply is 21 October 2016. Successful candidates will be announced on 12 December 2016 on ICANN.org.

The Fellowship Program

The ICANN Fellowship program seeks out those who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various components of ICANN‘s work in Policy Building, the Operation of the Domain Name System and the Security and Stability of the Global Internet. The goal of the Program is to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the ICANN Multistakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and on the global stage. Updated criteria and assessment guidelines for the Application process have been created as a result of a review of the Fellowship Program in 2016, and the public comment that followed that review. This information can be found on the ICANN Fellowship Webpage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in all of the ICANN communities as well as various Internet Governance entities within the Internet Ecosystem. Their engagement ranges from writing articles and blogs, providing online or in-person public comment in regard to bottom up policy building, engaging in Internet conferences and panel discussions, lifting a pen in working groups, mentoring newcomers, assisting our regional leaders and becoming leaders themselves.

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ccTLD Updates: .DE, .EU, .IE, .RO, .IT and .DK

DENIC logoDENIC is warning .de domain registrants of German-language emails coming from the forged email address of info@denic.de. The emails claim to acknowledging a domain transfer and have the subject “DENIC eG – Domain-Transfer Bestätigung”. DENIC is advising the emails have nothing to do with them and contain a ZIP file that contains malware.

EURid currently has open the .eu Web Awards. The awards are an online competition where .eu and .eю websites can be nominated for a chance to win a prestigious award to be presented at a stunning ceremony in Brussels.

There are numerous categories including “The Better World”, for ecologically minded websites, and “The Laurels”, for websites that promote ongoing education/Pan-European projects. For more information see webawards.eurid.eu.

The IE Domain Registry has published their annual report for 2015. The report includes a large amount of information for those interested in .ie stats, such as there were 35,225 new .ie registrations in 2015, an increase of 13.4 percent when compared to 2014 (31,072). Accounting for .ie non-renewals or deletions, there was a net increase in registrations of 12,929, an increase of 48 percent on 2014 net registrations.

Turnover increased five percent to €2.86 million. The company registered an operating loss of €517,082 in 2015. The loss is principally accounted for as a result of expenditure of €508,000 on activities under the company’s Strategic Development Fund.

Commencing on 6 July, .ro domain registrants have the option of signing their domain names with DNSSEC the Romanian registry RO TLD has announced.

And get ready for the three millionth .it domain name under management. During May and June there were around 20,000 new .it domain names added to the base meaning they are 40,000 registrations short of the three million milestone. The .it is the ninth largest ccTLD.

Have you ever wondered about what the .dk registry should do about severe violations and misuse of .dk domain names? If so, DIFO invites you to participate in the consultation that extends over the Danish summer.

On 6 June, DIFO held a successful hearing which started a debate about when a domain name can be suspended, how the registrant is validated and what personal information DIFO may pass on.

A large number of representatives from the Danish internet community, from government authorities and the Copenhagen Police to a wide range of IT suppliers participated.

Issues to be considered include should the process of suspending a domain name become faster than it is today? One proposal is to create a special suspension board with responsibility for the suspension of domain names. Can you thereby ensure efficient treatment of cases of evident crime on Danish domain names? What about the legal certainty?

DIFO’s validation of the identity of registrants behind a domain name is currently carried out by letter but perhaps the current validation model should be tightened up? A more restrictive solution with forced NemID validation for Danes and an activation code by post for foreign registrants gained great support at the oral hearing. However there were strong voices against increased control and concerns that domain registration will become too difficult for the customers.

Should DIFO disclose information about anonymous registrants to authorities and individuals quicker and easier than today? DIFO looks forward to see the right holders participate in the written hearing.

Daily Wrap: Patent Troll Takes Aim At Registrars, NamesCon 2017 Discounts,.SUCKS Registrars Claim Being Gagged, New .DK Self-Service Option And Privacy And Proxy Services To Be ICANN Accredited

DK HostmasterA patent troll is taking action against registrars, according to a Domain Incite report. According to the report, “WhitServe LLC, which beat Go Daddy in a patent lawsuit last year, is now demanding licenses from registrars that could add as much as $0.50 to the cost of a domain name.” The patent troll is demanding monies that could be as high as the millions from registrars on both sides of the Atlantic.

NamesCon 2016 has only just finished with around 1,200 attendees and the organisers have already announced the 2017 event with discounted early bird tickets for individuals. For those wanting to register in advance, there are a limited number of tickets available for $299 plus booking fee. That’s around $700 off the door ticket price. The 2017 NamesCon will be held again in Las Vegas from 22 to 25 January.

For those who like their news swinging way to the right, coming in the northern spring of 2016 is the .fox gTLD. But it won’t only be a home of the networks heavily slanted news programming, it will also be the home of all 20th Century Fox programming, films and sport. And it will showcase everything for your PC, tablet and mobile.

In another Domain Incite report, “registrars are ignoring new provisions in their .sucks contracts that they say amount to a ‘gag order’”. The report notes that “registrars ask for ICANN to convene a face-to-face negotiation between themselves and .sucks registry Vox Populi.” In an earlier report, Domain Incite said “Vox Populi is taking ICANN to mediation over a row about what some of its registrars call a ‘gag order’ against them.”

“Commercial entities will not be excluded from buying domain privacy services, ICANN’s GNSO Council has confirmed,” Domain Incite is reporting. The Council last week “voted unanimously to approve a set of recommendations that would make it compulsory for privacy and proxy services to be accredited by ICANN for the first time.”

The .dk registry, DK Hostmaster, is implementing a new “self-service” option on 31 January. The option was originally scheduled to be effective as of 18 January.

Information is a bit sparse, but it appears the self-service functionality means registrants will be able to update a number of details to do with their domain without going through their registrar using a user ID and a password.

When registering a .dk domain, registrants can designate the proxy or payer (billing contact) or subsequently by using DK Hostmaster’s self-service.

Services that can be performed using this new service include request for delegation, changes to contact information, transferring to a third party, termination of a registration agreement and registration of DNSSEC.

More information on all the above can be found by following the links.

.DK Validation Process In Full Swing

DK Hostmaster[news release] DK Hostmaster has begun a big data cleansing of all our user database entries in order to insure valid contact details. Now, your name and address must match the CPR- or CVR register if you reside in Denmark.

Since March 1. DK Hostmaster has worked on validating all of its users’ name and address details. The requirement of validation is a result of a provision in the Danish Act of Domain Names that says that DK Hostmaster has to ensure accurate and valid name and contact details along with automatic anonymity to Danish registrants who are already anonymous in the CPR register.

Requirement for both existing and new users

DK Hostmaster has already reviewed several thousand .dk registrants from the Whois database. Their name and address details has been collated with the CPR- or the CVR register, and the registrants who could not be matched will be notified that they have to update their details.

New registrants with a Danish address who like to register a .dk domain name will be validated in relation to either the CPR- or the CVR register. If DK Hostmaster are unable to validate the registrant, the domain name cannot be activated and thus the registrant will not be able to obtain the right of use to the domain name.

An advantage for our users

The validation process brings several advantages for our users. Validated registrants for example only need to update their contact details in the CVR- or the CPR register after which the details in our database will automatically update itself.

The risk of missing important information about the user’s domain name will, after the validation process, be greatly reduced. DK Hostmaster expect a great reduction of domain names being suspended when registrants fail to react on warning letters from DK Hostmaster due to outdated contact details.

Furthermore, DK Hostmaster will be able to ensure anonymity more effectively. If a registrant is anonymous in the CPR register and with his phone company, this person will in the future automatically be anonymous in the public registrant database.

Do I need to do anything?

You only have to do something if you receive a letter from DK Hostmaster notifying you that your name and contact details could not be validated. In this case, you should follow the instructions described in the letter in order to validate your details.

If you experience problems with the validation process, you can call the phone number described in the letter from us. If you have any general inquiries and questions about the validation process you might be able to find the answer you are looking for in on our FAQ page here. Otherwise, you are more than welcome to contact our customer service.

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Registrations Of .EU Domains Continue To Grow Healthily

EURid logoThe total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released last week by the .eu registry EURid.

The increase for the quarter was 50,132 domain names under management, a net increase of 1.3 percent to 3.88 million. This made .eu the eleventh largest TLD in the world. The largest was .com with 114.576 million registrations followed by .tk (Tokelau) with 26.785m, .de (Germany – 15.794m), .net (15.083m), .cn (China – 1–.907m), .uk (United Kingdom) – 10.514), .org (10.399), .info (5.591m), .nl (Netherlands – 5.506m), .ru (Russian Federation – 4.895m) while .br (Brazil – 3.493m) followed.

“As the new gTLDs continue jostle for position in the changing TLD landscape, our healthy growth rate has further underlined that .eu has a firm foothold in the domain name market,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

Indeed, .eu registrations increased in 24 of the 28 EU member states. Malta, Greece and Luxembourg each saw growth of more than 5 percent.

The countries in the top ten list account for 87.6 percent of all .eu registrations. German residents have by far the most .eu domain name registrations, followed by residents of the Netherlands and France.

Residents in the European Economic Area (EEA) countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway became eligible to register .eu domain names on 8 January 2014. At the end of the third quarter registrants in Norway had registered 5,685 names, in Iceland 177 and Liechtenstein 78.

The survey also found the Netherlands has the highest density of domains registered of any European country, with 328.2 .nl domains registered per 1,000 people. Denmark was next with 226.2 .dk domains per 1,000 people followed by Germany with 196.1, the United Kingdom with 164.5, Iceland with 154.4 .is domains per 1,000 and Luxembourg with 154.0 .lu domains per 1,000.

The countries with the highest densities of .eu domains were Malta with 35.7 per thousand followed by the Netherlands with 30.2 and Luxembourg with 28.7.

The third quarter also saw EURid launch its new registration system. EURid implemented the new system to increase performance and to better meet RFC standards and so provide an improved service to the .eu registrar community and consequently to .eu domain name holders.

The full report is available for download at link.eurid.eu/reports.