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CEO of .In (India) Alleges 40% of ccTLD’s Left Out Of IANA Transition Coordination Group

July 17th, 2014 Comments off

According to a press release we received today from Dr Govin who is the CEO of the .IN ccTLD Registry which is the ccTLD for India is claiming that about 40% of all ccTLD’s are being left out of the IANA Transition Coordination Group as part of ICANN’s plan to move away from US oversight.

Basically Dr. Govin says that 104 of the 259 ccTLD are not being representative in this process.

Balazs Marto of .HU (Hungary) also signed the email:

The USG has recently announced its intent to transition its procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – as well as serving as the historic steward of the DNS.

Whilst the stewardship role of the NTIA has been exemplary, this initiative is welcome, and of the 255 country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) that exist today, 240 were in stable operation with fully automated updating of the IANA Root Zone data, prior to the creation of ICANN which occurred on September 18, 1998.

Historically, ccTLDs have formulated policy based on a multi-stakeholder model, addressing their user community needs based on the cultural, operational and legal frameworks in which the Registry is founded.

Today the ccTLD community can be categorised into two groups:

i) 151 ccTLD Registry Operators are members of the ICANN Country Code Names Supporting Organization with the function to propose Policy to the ICANN Board that impacts members of the ccNSO (and for ccNSO members to opt-out of decisions taken by the ICANN Board if they so wish), and;

ii) 104 ccTLD Registry Operators who have chosen not to cede any authority to the ICANN Board and are wholly responsible for the secure and stable management of their respective ccTLD Registry.

The 104 ccTLD Registry Operators in ii) above develop their naming policies outside of ICANN in a manner that best serves their respective Internet communities, recognise Industry Best Practices, accord with laws of the jurisdiction in which the Registry is incorporated, and operate within a diverse set of cultural, technical and legal frameworks.
There is no case in which ICANN or IANA may amend these policies or undermine foundation document RFC-1591 upon which the assignment of the ccTLD occurred, and there is no intervention by any external party (even the US Government) in their implementation.

With the IANA transition now in sight, the Internet community is entering a crucial phase in which the details of new arrangements need to be developed and finally agreed.

Yet, a significant section of the ccTLD community is being proactively excluded from the Transition Coordination Group.
Dr Govind, CEO of the body which manages the Indian ccTLD Registry .IN said, “Clearly the process has already been captured by a subset of the ccTLD community. The selection process controlled by the ccNSO resulted in all four seats being assigned to their members. A significant section of the ccTLD Registry operator community do not share the objectives of the ccNSO membership are now excluded from the process
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While the Selection Committee did have non-ccNSO community representatives, not a single non- ccNSO ccTLD Registry Operator was ultimately chosen as a representative, despite two highly qualified and experienced candidates offering to serve (and even share a seat) on the Transition Coordination Group to represent the diversity of ccTLD Registry operations.”

As Registry Manager of .HU, Balazs Martos, says “I am very concerned that the ccNSO seem to feel they speak for the whole ccTLD Community when dealing with every IANA matter. They do not, .HU is an IANA service user, but we are not a member of the ccNSO. I would much prefer representation from the non- ccNSO Registry Operator community on the Transition Coordination Group as well, otherwise our position is easily excluded from the process and retaining the status-quo much more desirable.”

If fragmentation of the Root Zone management function is to be avoided, it is essential that any transition process respects, represents and unites the whole ccTLD community, something that the current IANA Transition process being managed by ICANN is not doing. Members of the Coordination Group have stated they were willing to increase the number of participants to be as inclusive as possible; however ICANN refuses to do so.

Dr Govin (CEO .IN ccTLD Registry) GOVIND@nixi.in

Balazs Martos martos@iszt.hu

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One Tiny Country Gets Some Exposure from One Large Movie Franchise

June 29th, 2014 Comments off

The Pitcairn Islands are a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The population is 56, yes 56. It is safe to say that most have no idea that the Pitcairn Islands have their own country code, and even fewer would know what two letters represent this tiny nation. The country code is .PN.

Pitcairn is getting the greatest piece of marketing they could ever hope for with the release of a new Hunger Games trailer. The blockbuster book and movie franchise released a trailer on June 25 that already has over 8 million views on You Tube. The nation of Panem is using the .PN extension for their official site at thecapitol.pn.

For those not familiar with Panem it is the nation referenced in the Hunger Games.

From the Hunger Games Wiki:

Panem is a nation that was established during an unknown time period in a post-apocalyptic world. It is situated primarily in North America, and the Capitol is located in an area formerly known as the Rocky Mountains, as it states in the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Panem was run by an authoritarian-totalitarian dictatorship that was led by President Snow before the second rebellion. It is portrayed in the trilogy to be the dominant society in North America, and no other nations or civilized societies beyond Panem have been mentioned, so it is unknown if any exist at all.

The name Panem derives from the Latin phrase panem et circenses, which literally translates into ‘bread and circuses’. The phrase itself is used to describe entertainment used to distract public attention from more important matters. Furthermore, by the government providing ample food and entertainment, the citizens would give up their political rights.

In Panem, the rules are harshly enforced: After the Dark Days, a sadistic annual event known as the Hunger Games wa s established as a warning reminder of the past.

According to the Capitol.PN, Panem has a population of 4,556,778 people. Adding up the Capitol and 12 districts gives it a population of only 1,905,286 people.

 

In the trailer you will see that the creators of the film are using the .PN extension for the Capitol’s official website. At the 1:06 mark the address reads prominently on the screen.

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.UK Gets Over 50,000 Registrations On It’s 1st Day

June 11th, 2014 Comments off

According to itproportal.com,  the new .UK extension has surpassed 50,000 domain registrations in the first 24 hours following its launch.

Nominet, the UK domain name registry, expects 10 million domain name registrations and why not?

There are over 10 million existing domain holders with a .co.uk or one of the other variations that will have first crack at getting the shorter address and with prices set below a .com, £3.50 for a single year (about $5 and £2.50 per year About $4 for multiple year registrations) we would assume everyone who had the right to register a .UK address will do so.

According to the story,  Nominet the company that runs the .UK registry celebrated the release by unveiling the world’s largest welcome sign reading ‘welcometothe.uk’ at London’s Heathrow Airport

As for the registry or the author of the story comparing .UK to new gTLD’s I think its pretty unfair as .UK is a ccTLD not a gTLD and has an existing customer base of over 10 million and many years in existence.

Here is the quote from the story on that and remember .London is still in Sunrise and hasn’t even launched:

“Its registrations have outpaced the likes of .london, .guru and .xyz in the current batch of gTLDs thus meaning its first day is one of the fastest on record in the domain name suffix market.

Actually .XYZ is now over 100,000 registrations if you want to get technical about it and if anyone was going to compare .UK to a new gTLD they should have chosen .Berlin which has actually launched.

 

KSregistry Becomes Registry For .VG But ccTLD Is Frozen Until April 15th; Registrations Resume May 12th

April 11th, 2014 Comments off
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC) has sourced out the operation of .VG, the ccTLD of Virgin Islands to KSregistry GmbH. Due to the difficulties with the former .VG zone manager, IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .VG zone under the control and the responsibility of the TRC on April 11, […]
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.Ar Domains (Argentina) Go From Being Free To Around $25 A Year On March 5th

February 26th, 2014 Comments off

According to the Buenosairesherald.com, .Ar domain names, which is the Country Code (ccTLD) for Argentina will go from being free to costing  “less than” 200 Argentina Pesos ($25.42 based on today’s official exchange rate) a year starting on March 5th.

The change from free to less than 200 pesos applies to new registrations and any renewals of .Ar domain names starting on March 5th.

The national director of the internet domain registries Gabriel Brenta is quoted by the Herald as saying

“What we are trying to do is adapt to current global practices, and on the other hand, establish procedures that if a business brand domain is being used, it can be recovered in the short term,”

Yet the fee would not just apply to new domains but also to the three million users who already own .AR sites and who will now have to renew their registrations annually.

“The change however should not come as a shock because “very few countries” throughout the world offer free hosting — and none in the region.”

“Users have been asking to pay for domains for a long time,

“The community of designers and internet entrepreneurs had been requesting this modification.”

Hum

A community of users that has been getting something for free are now asking to pay instead?

Maybe things are different in Argentina, but not from what I saw when I visited the country for ICANN Meeting last November.

In any case you will have to pay up starting in just a few days.

Nice notice guys.

 

 

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SHorter .UK Domains Are Launching On June 10th

January 30th, 2014 Comments off

Nominet announced that shorter .UK domains are going to become available on the 10th June 2014.

 

.UK Domain Names

Nominet says:

“We are proud to announce the upcoming launch of .uk – out on its own for the first time

A shorter, sharper domain name which puts the emphasis firmly on your website name – exactly where it should be.”

One of the most important aspects of the dotUK launch is that .co.uk domain owners will have first refusal when securing their respective .UK domain!

“So if you have a unique .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk the shorter and snappier .uk will be reserved especially for you for free up until 10 June 2019 as long as your domain remains registered.”

Check out whether or not your rights are secured with the Rights Lookup Tool.

This will definitely help prevent concerns that all of a sudden, .co.uk domain owners would be second best! Not only will you get a chance to secure your .UK domain name before anyone else, but Nominet will also keep all other second level domain names active!

The cut-off date for registering your .co.uk domain to make sure you have first refusal on your .UK domain is the 28th October 2013 at 23:59hrs.

Anyone will be able to register a .UK domain as long as they’re eligible for .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk domains.

The only exceptions highlighted by Nominet are these:

“Where the registrant is overseas an address for service in the UK will be required.

PO Boxes will be unacceptable in the address.”

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“In the face of confusion, people will default to something they trust and understand”

January 13th, 2014 Comments off

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George Pongas is the general manager for Aus Registry, AusRegistry is the current registry operator and wholesale provider for all commercial .au (Australia) domain names including .com.au and .net.au, and non commercial domain names .gov.au and edu.au.

He recently posted something on the Aus Registry website with regards to 2013 being a good year for .au domains. He makes mention of the new gtlds at the end of his post and shares the sentiment of many readers here and in the industry as a whole. “In the face of confusion, people will default to something they trust and understand.

By George Pongas

Last year was a memorable one for .au domain name sales with a number of significant auctions and aftermarket deals making headlines.

For the second time in three years, a .au domain name was included in the top four sales for the world’s highest reported domain name sales for country code Top-Level Domains.

Coming in at fourth place in 2013 was cruises.com.au which was sold for $103,400. It was only edged out of third place by pizza.nl (Netherlands) by $100, followed by fotograf.de (Germany) at $117,810 in second place and jobs.ca (Canada) at $450,000 in first place.

This year’s fourth place follows last year’s highest recorded .au sale – hobart.com.au, which sold for $67,600 and ranked 15th in 2012’s sales chart.

The other .au domain name in this year’s top 30 was mysuper.com.au which came in at 29th spot with a sale value of $28,691.

This is a terrific result for .au and demonstrates the strong position it has attained on the global stage.

It’s especially significant considering the larger namespaces it’s competing with and the countries with bigger economies. Despite Australia’s relatively small population, the .au namespace is recognised as one of the world’s leading country codes and ranks in the top 10 country code Top-Level Domains globally.

Only recently we reported on the many benefits business owners can attain by registering a premium generic .com.au or .net.au domain names. Our carloans.com.au case study showed how a premium generic domain name helped their business decrease marketing and AdWord spend while increasing revenue and brand awareness.

Clearly, savvy business owners are aware of the .au aftermarket value and are using it to their advantage.

In September 2011, investmentproperty.com.au became the highest recorded domain name at auction when it was snapped up for $125,000 by New South Wales property developer Vision Homes.…

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.CN Landrush exceeds 50 Million Yuan

January 13th, 2014 Comments off

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NiceNic.net out with another interesting piece of news, the .CN Landrush auctions of previous reserved domains has generated over 50 Million Yuan/RMB.  That equates to over $8.2 million

They posted today:

As of Jan 12th, 2014, the open auction of previously-reserved .CN domain names by CNNIC entered into heating-up period, and the total price of recent auctions already exceeded 50 million yuan/cny/rmb, of which GAME.CN, GW.CN, LB.CN, CM.CN stood out with final biddings surpassing million. The whole auction showed a significant upward trend.The auction of domain GAME.CN ended in bidding 3.098 million cny after 686 fierce biddings and it refreshed many a record.

GW.CN broke out as a potential dark horse with final bidding price of 2.004 million cny, and ranked only second to Game.CN. GW is the abbreviated form of “gou wu” or “guo wang” in Chinese Pinyin, and in English, it means “shopping”, “national network”.

The blockbuster LB.CN ranked third with final bidding price of 1.1 million cny. LB can be perceived as “lao ban”, “li bao”, “lian bang” in Chinese Pinyin and in English, “boss”, “gift”, “federal”.

The fourth auction is CM.CN, which is a hot traffic domain name, fiercely pursued by Chinese domain investors/domainers, and bidding ended in 1.066 million cny. – See more at: http://nicenic.net/news/messview.php?ID=12814#sthash.w00SMTHg.dpuf

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Domain Name Game.Cn Sells For a Record $511,000

January 7th, 2014 Comments off

According to nicenic.net,the domain name Game.CN sold for $511,972.38.

.Cn is the ccTLD for China.

According to the story, the domain was a previously reserved .CN domain name Game.CN which was in a public auction, which ended in bidding 3.098 million cny,” with intensive competition of 686 bids in the last hour”.

“”That Game.cn broke three million refreshed .CN open bidding history, also won the big honor of most expensive .CN domain name in 2013

But why can Game.CN get so popular? It’s a good question, game means 游戏 in Chinese, Game.CN is short and easy to remember, and now the hot gaming market, the gaming industry has deservedly become one of the Internet’s most profitable industry, Game.CN’s value is thus demonstrated. Game.CN can be used for gaming sites.

Most gaming websites were using creative domain names like “digital + game”  or pure digital domains. Although the game industry favored the digital domain, but domain industry prefer game domains with specific meanings, for example, Shanda paid big money to buy javaGame.cn.

Compared to other “game combination” creative domain names, Game.CN would have less limitation but more applicability. It is suitable for WebGame, MobileGame, online game or even gaming company’s official website. In addition, Game.CN can contribute to stronger brand awareness, i.e. Sina Weibo paid a lot for weibo.com and made the concept of Weibo = Chinese twitter deeply rooted in Chinese netizens.

It is reported that Game.com domain name had been registered in early 1998 and got online, it also intensified the competition on hot domain Game.CN for the domestic game companies.…

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Indonesia will roll out shorter .id Domains Next Year

December 19th, 2013 Comments off

TechInAsia.com reported that the country code for Indonesia will be getting shorter.

From the article:

Next year, Indonesians will have to get used to a brand-new ending to web addresses that sounds really short and sweet. It’ll be ‘.id’. The new domain ending will go on sale as early as January 20. The domain name was approved a couple days ago by the highest internet domain name authority in Indonesia, the Forum Nama Domain Indonesia.

As with all new domain endings, the sale of ‘.id’ domains will commence in three phases. The first phase, which is called sunrise and goes on for three months, will prioritize trademark name owners in Indonesia to allow them get their hands on important homepage addresses.

Two months afterwards comes the second phase called grandfather, which lets owners of ‘.co.id’ or ‘.web.id’ sites buy the new ‘.id’ domains. Then starts the third phase: the landrush.

The second and third phases will happen between June and August next year. If name disputes happen, then the domain names will be auctioned to the respective parties.

This should bring about a few popular domain hacks.  Student.id, Fake.id, Squ.id and if they allow 1 character registrations put me down for B.id.…

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