Domain Names

20 April 2018

auDA In More Turmoil: Members Threatened With Court Action Over SGM and Another Director Resigns

The turmoil at auDA continues. This week the Australian government released a scathing review into the .au policy and regulatory body with a number of recommendations that, unless they’re all acted upon will see auDA replaced. And it’s unlikely to get member approval to implement the required recommendations. Then Thursday another demand class member resigned, leaving the remaining one of 4 demand members in a strong and unenviable position given the constant turmoil the organisation is in.

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19 April 2018

Exclusive: Former auDA CEO Opens Up On What's Gone Wrong at auDA

Ever since the auDA Board gave the then CEO Chris Disspain his marching orders in March 2016 after 16 years at the helm, the Australian ccTLD manager has been in turmoil. It’s not that any one person is indispensable. But rather a reflection of the dysfunction that has followed. With the Australian government’s scathing review of the management of Australia’s ccTLD released this week, we asked the former CEO and now ICANN Vice-Chair what his thoughts were on the organisation, what could have been done better and where to now.

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18 April 2018

More Domain Names Hosting Child Sexual Abuse Than Ever Before

More online child sexual abuse imagery is being found online than ever before, and more domain names than ever before are being used to host images and videos of children being sexually abused, according to the 2017 Annual Report from the Internet Watch Foundation.

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auDA Battling to Save Itself After Scathing Government Review Says "No Longer Fit-For-Purpose"

auDA has been put on notice that it needs to reform or its gone following an Australian government review into its operations. The report has found “urgent reforms are necessary”. But reform won’t come easy with significant changes required to its constitution, and without significant changes in leadership, Members will be reluctant to support them. Meanwhile the auDA dirty tricks campaign has taken to Twitter with fake or troll Twitter accounts attacking the 3 behind the Grumpier.com.au call for a SGM.

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17 April 2018

Was auDA Hacked? Or Have They Deliberately Leaked A Confidential Report to Discredit Agitators

Either auDA has been hacked or there has been a deliberate leaking of a confidential report by the senior echelons at the .au policy and regulatory body. If it’s the former, then auDA need to call in the relevant law enforcement bodies to investigate. If it’s the latter, it’s a sad state of affairs given auDA has turned into an organisation that could rival a former Soviet-style dictatorship in it’s efforts to hide documents from the industry and spin its “achievements”.

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12 April 2018

auDA Using Bullying and Fear to Silence Critics

In an inflammatory email Tuesday night, auDA Chair Chris Leptos sent out an email boasting of his achievements while including a threat to all former Board members that they may have been referred to the Victorian Police due to certain “practices”. The email follows less than a week on from auDA Members under Grumpier.com.au demanding a second Special General Meeting in 9 months to remove the Chair (again), the 2 other independent Directors and a vote of no-confidence in the CEO.

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11 April 2018

WIPO Cybersquatting Cases Breaks Records, But Numbers Still Minuscule

The number of cybersquatting cases handled by WIPO jumped to an all time high the organisation has announced, as trademark owners filed an all-time high of 3,074 WIPO cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), up from 3,036 in 2017 and 2,754 in 2016.

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08 April 2018

auDA Set For Management Clear-out As Members Revolt

Following on from today’s earlier article about a trio of auDA members calling for the CEO and 3 independent directors, including the Chair, to be removed, sources have confirmed the required numbers have supported the petition and a letter has been sent to auDA advising them of the requirement to hold the Special General Meeting.

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AuDA Members Get Grumpier And Demand Heads Roll

Could this be the end of auDA? It’s less than 12 months since a revolt by auDA members that led to the then-Chair Stuart Benjamin resigning prior to a Special General Meeting was held to oust him. At the time auDA said they would listen to their members. But they haven’t. So a trio of members have proposed another SGM, this time calling for the sacking of CEO Cameron Boardman and removing the 3 independent directors including Chair Chris Leptos.

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03 April 2018

Streamlining of .NZ Continues As InternetNZ and NZRS Merge

The integration and streamlining of the management of New Zealand’s country code top level domain continues with the announcement that New Zealand Registry Services merged with InternetNZ on 1 April.

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28 March 2018

Kathy Nielsen Gives A Masterclass on a Registry's Planning Around Premium Domain Names

In this internet.bs interview series with leaders in the industry continues with a masterclass from former Sedo Director of Brokerage and current Neustar Premium domain name strategist Kathy Nielsen. In our interview Kathy gives a masterclass on a Registry's planning around premium names including tips on how to acquire reserved names and how to enter into discussions with high value end users. Kathy also gives us a preview into premium name developments in the .US, .TEL, .BIZ and .NYCTLDs.

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16 March 2018

nic.at To Hide Individual's WHOIS Data, But Optional For Business, to Comply With GDPR

From mid-May individuals who have registered .at domain names will have their registrant details hidden by default, although they can have the data published if they wish, while businesses will continue to have their contact details published in WHOIS as is the case now. The change is a result of the looming introduction of the E.U.'s new privacy law.

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15 March 2018

SIDN Signs Up For nic.at Anycast Network RcodeZero In More Industry Consolidation

The Dutch and Austrian ccTLD managers, SIDN and nic.at, have signed a cooperation agreement under which all domains managed by SIDN will additionally be hosted on the nic.at anycast network RcodeZero DNS. The agreement was announced by SIDN’s CEO Roelof Meijer and nic.at CEO Richard Wein on the sidelines of the ICANN meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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03 March 2018

GDPR: EPAG's MD Explains The Nightmare on Registrar Street

At the recent Domain Pulse conference in Munich, on 22 and 23 February, the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was a focus of discussions both during conference presentations and panel discussions and during breaks. Its implementation is becoming a nightmare for many industries, with registries, both gTLD and ccTLD facing their own problems, and registrars.

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01 March 2018

5 Questions: Brian Cute, PIR CEO, On the State of the Domain Industry and the Challenges Ahead

Domain Pulse is starting a series of quick questions on the state of the domain name industry and what 2018 holds. Our first guest is Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, who touches on 2017, what are the big issues of 2018 including for .org, what are the growth areas for 2018 and will domain names continue to hold their relevance.

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1 in 3 gTLDs Shrink in 2017: CENTR Report

The global domain name market grew 1.2% in the year to the end of 2017 to a total of 331 million according to the latest CENTR DomainWire TLD Market Report.

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28 February 2018

GDPR: The Nightmare on ccTLD Street

The looming start date for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May is creating nightmares, even havoc, for many businesses not just in Europe, but for any business that collects data on citizens of the European Union. And ccTLD registries are one of those facing problems in how to deal with its implementation.

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26 February 2018

Registries Aren't Content Police, But Keeping Trust Is Reputationally Important: Domain Pulse

Registries universally said they’re not content police in a discussion on domain name take down processes involving legal counsels from the operators of 6 European registries, both generic and country code TLDs. However processes vary among the registries.

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23 February 2018

The Future and Privacy are Everywhere at Domain Pulse in Munich

Domain Pulse 2018 got underway in Munich at BMW Welt Thursday with a keynote to kick off proceedings that indirectly reassured the record 450 attendees their jobs may not be at risk after all due to emerging technologies. In a presentation by Matthias Horx, Trend Researcher and Futurologist from zukunftsInstitut, considered the most influential trend researcher and futurologist in the German-speaking world, he noted how the fear stories in the news about the potential loss of jobs in many industries due to emerging technology is largely overblown.

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16 February 2018

Global Domain Registrations Climb Up, But .NET and New gTLDs Slide Down

Global domain name registrations continue to rise, with approximately 332.4 million registrations at the end of 2017 across all top level domains, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief out today. The increase for the fourth quarter was approximately 1.7 million domain names, or 0.5%, from the third quarter and 3.1 million, or 0.9%, year over year.

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14 February 2018

auDA Goes Gung-Ho With Threats Some Registrants Could Lose Their Domain Names

auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, has decided to clamp down on a seemingly innocuous practice, that is of the occasional domain name registrant registering domain names with strings that are included on a Reserve List defined under Australian law.

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09 February 2018

Australia's Own ccTLD Not Good Enough for auDA!

Apparently Australia’s ccTLD isn’t good enough for auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body. In advertisements in daily papers promoting a series of seminars on “the biggest changes in 30 years” to .au, auDA deemed it better to use .ly domain name than .au!

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07 February 2018

Ireland's ccTLD .IE Has Best Year Ever in 2017, With 2018 Likely Even Bigger

It’s one of the smaller ccTLDs within Europe with one of the lower rates of domain names registered per capita, but Ireland’s .ie continues to power along having their best year ever with an average of 108 domain names registered every day. With eligibility restrictions set to be eased next month.

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Winning Registry of the Year Tops List of EURid's 2017 Achievements

EURid have announced that their winning the CENTR registry of the year award in 2017 was the icing on the cake for what was a very good year.

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Indian Cricket Involved in Domain Name Renewal Fiasco

A recent incident involving the domain name for the world’s largest and richest national cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has shown the perils of an organisation not maintaining their own domain names. The BCCI’s domain name for its official website, bcci.tv, went offline for a few days after the renewal fee wasn’t paid. And it ended up on a couple of aftermarket outlets.

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