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Crocker: no date on next new gTLD round

ICANN will NOT set a date for the next round of new gTLD applications, despite recent pleas from registry operators. That’s according to a letter (pdf) from ICANN chair Steve Crocker to the Registries Stakeholder Group published today. The RySG had asked (pdf) last month for ICANN’s leadership to set a fourth-quarter 2018 deadline for […]
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Empowered Community makes first symbolic exercise of power

The new “Empowered Community” of ICANN has exercised its power for the first time. The EC on Friday told ICANN that it has approved the ICANN board of directors’ recent resolution to create a new committee tasked with handling various oversight processes. It’s of largely symbolic importance, the first test of whether the EC process […]
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What do you think a single letter .com is worth?

Kudos to Elliot Silver on getting the full scoop on X.com being acquired by it’s original owner Elon Musk. Someone asked me, “where I thought the remaining 23 one letter .com would sell for in an auction environment, with no reserve?” Z.com is the only sale we have to go on currently. That domain sold […]
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ICANN expects to lose 750 registrars in the next year

ICANN is predicting that about 750 accredited registrars will close over the next 12 months due to the over-saturation of the drop-catching market. ICANN VP Cyrus Namazi made the estimate while explaining ICANN’s fiscal 2018 budget, which is where the projection originated, at the organization’s public meeting in South Africa last week. He said that […]
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Entire Slovak ccTLD .SK was stolen, claims Czech technocrat

Czech technocrat, Ondřej Caletka, alleges that the Slovak ccTLD, dot .SK, was stolen in 1999. After the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993 into the Czech Republic (now Czechia) and Slovakia, both countries were given new ccTLDs: .CZ and .SK respectively. While the Czech Republic’s ccTLD management history seems normal and boring, that wasn’t the same […]

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INTA study shows most new gtld registrations are defensive

The International Trademark Association (INTA) conducted a study into new gtld registrations. I thought this was interesting when it came to premium pricing, 15% flatly refuse to pay premium pricing and another 6% pay for top marks only. They uploaded the survey results to the ICANN community wiki From the report: REGISTRATION ACTIVITY IS HEAVILY […]

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.net price increases approved

Verisign has been given the right to continue to raise the wholesale price of .net domains. It now seems likely the price charged to registrars will top $15 by 2023. ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the renewal of the .net Registry Agreement, which gives Verisign the right increase its prices by 10% […]
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India to have SIXTEEN ccTLDs

While most countries are content to operate using a single ccTLD, India is to up its count to an unprecedented 16. It already has eight, but ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the delegation of an additional eight. The new ccTLDs, which have yet to hit the root, are .ಭಾರತ, .ഭാരതം, .ভাৰত, .ଭାରତ, […]
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Zone file access is crap, security panel confirms

ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service has some serious shortcomings and needs an overhaul, according to the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. The panel of DNS security experts has confirmed what CZDS subscribers, including your humble correspondent, have known since 2014 — the system had a major design flaw baked in from day one for no […]
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