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New gTLD guidebook from ICANN: more protection for your brand

Proposed changes to ICANN‘s Draft Applicant Guidebook for new gTLDs will be discussed at the ICANN meeting in Brussels on June 21st. The fourth version of the guidebook includes changes for brand owners and trademark holders, designed to give greater protection. ICANN is expecting about 500 applications for new gTLDs (although some could be duplicate […]


.XXX a waste of time according to porn industry

The .XXX domain mooted for pornographic sites looks like it will never be launched with the list of detractors getting longer. This time it’s New Zealand porn guru Steve Crow who has entered the fray, saying that .XXX gTLDs would be a waste of time. According to Crow, until such time as porn sites are […]


New IDN: Emirates launches .emarat arabic domain

The internet has a new Internationalised Domain Name after the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority officially launched one of the Arab world’s first top level domain names. The TLD is .emarat and it’s expected to open up a whole world of the internet previously difficult to access for many Arab users. The domain name was approved […]


Ghana Becomes Third African Nation to Register Domains

As Africa continues its quest to catch up with the rest of the Internet world, a company in Ghana called Ghana Dot Com Limited, has become the third in Africa to become an accredited domain name registrar. Accreditation was awarded by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), an Internet oversight organization. The two […]


Rod Beckstrom gives keynote speech

Tens of thousands cheered last week at the Russian Internet Governance Forum in Moscow, where Rod Beckstrom gave a keynote speech entitled, “The future of ICANN: Toward a Global Internet.” The ICANN CEO is poised to join the ranks of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy for his amazing rhetoric. Wait, never mind. But […]


Renowned cryptographer Whit Diffie joins ICANN

ICANN announced this week the hiring of cryptographer Whit Diffie as Vice President for Information Security and Cryptography. The 65-year-old former chief security officer from Sun will use his advanced knowledge to help improve the security of the domain name system. Diffie is famous for co-writing a paper published in 1976 that has helped scientists […]


Changes at ICANN could put an end to domain privacy services

For years, WHOIS privacy services have acted as a proxy for registrants, using the service’s contact data in place of the registrant’s. Currently customers still own the names even when using a proxy, but an ICANN policy draft could change things: One central clarification: if a Registered Name Holder licenses the use of a domain […]


ICANN Launches Russia's Cyrillic TLD

Yesterday, the first Russian Internet domains with Cyrillic characters were launched. There has been talks about this move for quite some time. The preparation received both praise and concern. Now, ICANN has officially assigned the .рф (.rf, for “Russian Federation”) top-level domain to Russia. What this means is that users in Russia will be able […]


ICANN COO Doug Brent resigns

ICANN COO Doug Brent published a post on the organisation’s blog yesterday announcing his resignation. Those hoping to hear juicy details about a fierce internal battle at ICANN will be sourly disappointed, however, as Brent is leaving his post for purely personal reasons: While my engagement in the work of ICANN has made this a […]


ICANN cites four registrars for misconduct

Four registrars have come under fire from ICANN for various breaches of contact. Last week, the California agency contacted the four and told them to fix the breaches within 15 days. If the misconduct is not fixed, the registrars will face termination. Three of the firms– Western United Domains, Inc., Mobiline USA d.b.a., and […]

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