Monday, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Naming Function Review Team (IFRT) has announced that it is in the final stages of completing its Initial Report. The IFRT will be holding a webinar for the community regarding one of their proposed recommendations that would require an amendment to the IANA Naming Functions Contract between ICANN and its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). This amendment may be of particular interest to country code top-level domain (ccTLD) and generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry operators.
Public Interest Registry’s General Counsel Brian Cimbolic has laid out a new two-step appeal process for their .org top-level domain under their Anti-Abuse Policy in a post on the registry blog. Under the new appeals process registrants who believe their .org domain names have been suspended unfairly can contact PIR and then appeal to a neutral third party. The goal is to help build confidence in a safer, stronger DNS.
[news release] Public Interest Registry (PIR), the people behind the .ORG domain name, has been selected by The Washington Business Journal as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work for 2020. PIR was selected because of its culture of caring and respect, its deeply held mission, and its commitment to honoring its people.
The second quarter of 2020 saw global domain name registrations continue to rise, with an increase of 3.3 million, or 0.9%. This took total registrations around the world to 370.1 million as the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc.
Public Interest Registry (PIR) has become the first gTLD registry to undergo a human rights assessment with ARTICLE 19 and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) collaborating to guide the .org registry in its human rights efforts. The report was largely positive, finding PIR’s “policies and operational procedures respected human rights so they cause few negative impacts.”
It’s been 10 years this month since Neustar launched .co, taking it from “just” Colombia’s ccTLD to a top-level domain recognised around the world.Continue reading .CO Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation
To celebrate Catalonia’s National Day, puntCAT is offering discount codes to renew .cat domains, but the last day to apply for a discount code is today, 18 November, with codes valid until 31 January.
To apply for a discount code, go to decomptes.fundacio.cat and answer the question, then share the promotion on social networks or subscribe to the newsletter and you will receive the code to your email. The code is valid until 31 January and it can be used to renew the domain name with registrars participating in the promotion.
puntCAT is also releasing one- and 2-character domain names with a 4 stage registration process. The first step is currently underway, a priority registration for member entities of the Board of Trustees of FundaciÃ³ puntCAT and entities that supported the launch of the .cat domain. This period runs until 8 December.
Following is a priority registration for Public Authorities and entities in Catalan-speaking territories that runs from 9 December to 19 January 2020. There will then be a priority registration for trademarks from 20 January to 1 March and then on 2 March 2020 it will be an open registration phase for any company and/or person. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
To apply for a domain, it is necessary to fill in the following form. Once received, a selection committee made up of 2 members of the .cat team and a member of the Foundationâs board of trustees will consider the applications. Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- Domain pertinence and availability
- The applicantâs background and relationship with the domain
- Intention of use of the domain
The domains that have so far been registered are the following:
.ASIA domain names are now licensed for sale in China, the Hong Kong-based DotAsia Organisation announced in February. Following receiving accreditation from Chinaâs Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), .asia domain names are now legally able to be registered through Chinese registrars and resellers and hosted with Chinese webhosters.
âWe are very excited to be in China again and look forward to taking our work with Chinese retail partners to the next level,â said Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia Organisation. âChina is an important market to the .Asia community we serve, we will be working closely with our long time technology partner Afilias to be there for our local and regional customers.â
âChinaâs domain name market is one of the worldâs biggest and fastest growing,â said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President of Afilias. âWe are eager to work with .Asia in this thriving digital market going forward.â
The move follows the announcement, also in February, of 20 of Afiliasâ gTLDs to be licensed for sale in China.
In their announcement, DotAsia note that with Chinaâs 21st century development strategy, the .Asia extension resonates with the countryâs vision of an enhanced regional connectivity. .Asia domains are perfect for companies doing business in Asia, and also for those that want to reach out to Asian communities across the globe.
In 2017, DotAsia suspended retail sales in China out of respect for the MIITâs licensing policy.
Globally domain name registrations grew to approximately 342.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 2.6 million, or 0.8%, compared to the second quarter of 2018, according to Verisign's latest Domain Name Industry Brief. In the 12 months to the end of the third quarter registrations grew by approximately 11.7 million, or 3.5%. Continue reading As Global Domain Name Registrations Slowly Rise, .NET Slides and New gTLDs Growing: Verisign
Globally domain name registrations have grown 2.0% in the 12 months to the end of June, the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2018 reports, but growth rates vary markedly among top level domains. For example, in the 12 months .com grew 5.2% while their Verisign stablemate .net declined 6.0%. Continue reading Over Half European Domain Names Are ccTLDs, But .COM Has Higher Visibility