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Taliban seizing domains to silence journalists

The Taliban is attempting to close down independent media outlets in Afghanistan by deleting their .af domain names. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology tweeted that the sites of Hasht-e Subh Daily and Zawia News were “taken down” for publishing “unbalanced reports and fake news”. د هشت صبح او زاویه نیوز خبري شبکو وېبسايټونه […]

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McCarthy wins Nominet director election

Kieren McCarthy, the former reporter who has spent much of his career bashing .uk registry Nominet in the pages of The Register, has been elected to its board of directors following a sometimes fractious campaign. He won despite placing second to lawyer Jim Davies in the first round of voting, which saw CentralNic lawyer Volker […]

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Identity Digital publishes treasure trove of abuse data

Identity Digital, the old Donuts, has started publishing quarterly reports containing a wealth of data on reported abuse and the actions it takes in response. The data for the second quarter, released (pdf) at the weekend, shows that the registry receives thousands of reports and suspends hundreds of domains for DNS abuse, but the number […]

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Nominet may owe its members millions, top lawyer says

Nominet has been charging its thousands of members annual subscription fees unlawfully for the last quarter-century, it has been claimed. Ian Mitchell KC, who you may recall was hired by a handful of members to opine that Nominet’s voting system may be illegal, has now delivered a follow-up opinion saying that any subscription fees it […]

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Nominet gets new CFO

Nominet has recruited Vodafone’s head of finance to be its new CFO. The company announced today that Carolyn Bedford will join on December 1, and will also take an executive director seat on the board. She replaces Ben Hill, who was one of several directors removed from the board in a member coup in March […]

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GoCompare makes a big bet on a new gTLD

GoCompare, one of the most recognizable online brands in the UK, is rebranding to Go.Compare, with a corresponding switch to the new gTLD domain name go.compare. The insurance price-comparison site announced the move, which is being backed up by a three-month prime-time TV advertising campaign, during the series premiere of talent show The Voice UK, […]

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Alt-root .eth is getting very big, very fast

If .eth was a real domain, it would be the second-largest new gTLD and have more registrations than ccTLDs from nations as large as Spain and Japan, according to the blockchain-based registry. Ethereum-based alt-root registry ENS Domains today tweeted that it added 301,000 new .eth domains in August, to end the month with a total […]

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ZADNA under fire over “heavy-handed” new rules

There’s an increasing outcry in South Africa over new regulations on the .za domain that many believe are burdensome and likely to harm the namespace. The country’s Internet Service Provider Association today became the latest group to express dismay about the proposed new rules, which among other things would require all registrants to verify their […]

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Identity Digital to release 5,000 reserved names

Identity Digital, the portfolio registry formerly known as Donuts, plans to release around 5,000 names from its reserved inventory later this month. They’ll carry premium first-year prices, but will be priced to sell via the regular registrar channel. Among the newly available names are some pretty sweet combos, including: rock.band, miami.dentist, aerospace.engineer, farm.forsale, esports.games, tech.guide, […]

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Millions of .cn domains disappear

China is reported another huge dip in domain registrations in the first half of the year, with millions of .cn names dropping. CNNIC, the local registry, said yesterday that there were 17.86 million .cn names registered at the end of June, down from the 20.4 million it reported at the end of 2021 but above […]

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