Should Kids.us Remain Suspended?

usThe usTLD Stakeholder Council is seeking comments on its recommendation to continue the suspension of the kids.us namespace through the end of the current .US contract term.

The recommendation follows a report of the Kids.us Education Advisory Committee advising that the restrictive namespace was not built to thrive in today’s Internet landscape and should remain suspended. A temporary suspension of the kids.us namespace has been in effect since Continue reading

ccTLD Community Pulls Together To Face Upcoming Challenges

centrCENTR Board members and Management gathered in Florence on 11-12 May 2015 for a strategic retreat with the aim of defining long-term strategy plans for the organisation.

After having reviewed and assessed the current environment and service levels, the Board acknowledged and agreed on the following: Continue reading

The Pirate Bay Lost ThePirateBay.se & PirateBay.se – Moves To 6 Other ccTLDs

the-pirate-bayThe Pirate Bay will soon be leaving the  Swedish ccTLD domain name (thepiratebay.se). The popular torrent website will move to various ccTLDs around the world.

TorrentFreak.com reported that earlier today the Stockholm District Court ordered the seizure of both thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se, arguing that they were linked to copyright crimes.

"Potential appeals aside the domains in question will be handed over to the Swedish Government, but the ruling is unlikely to hamper Pirate Bay’s availability, quite the contrary."

The TPB team informed TF that they have already begun redirecting the .SE address, rotating it to Continue reading

.ME Domains Hit 800,000 Registrations – Earns Montenegro Government 17M Euro

dot-meThe .Me registry announced that the .ME domain names have passed 800,000 domain registrations.

Since its launch in 2008 Montenegro’s country code domain has been marketed as a premier choice for building a personal brand and it quickly became one of the favourite new extensions among creative individuals who want to stand out online. The domain has continued to grow steadily in response to the Continue reading

18 One-Character .se Domains Up For Auction (j.se, q.se, v.se, 0.se, 1.se etc.)

se.SE, the Swedish ccTLD, has decided to allow registration of .se domain names with only one character. The most attractive domain names will be released through an auction on Tradera.

The 18 .se domains up for auction are Continue reading

.UK Private Whois Domain Name Registrations Explode!

ukThe number of .uk domains being registered to privacy services has grown from about 300 per month at the beginning of last year to 6,500 per month now.

So while ICANN is looking to improve domain name whois, Nominet has some interesting ideas that ICANN should consider. Continue reading

Nominet Seeking Feedback On .UK Whois & Registrars’ Privacy Services

ukNominet, the .uk registry, is consulting on a proposed policy to clarify what data about domain-holders is published in the .UK WHOIS and, regardless of what’s published, ensure they have the accurate data essential for running .UK.

The objective is to balance playing Nominet's part in running a safe and trusted internet with an increasing desire for privacy online.

Nominet is seeking feedback on two aspects: Continue reading

I Just Lost ini.gr To PepsiCo Greece Because Someone Decided That It Is Similar To ivi.gr

grIn what seems to be one of the worst decisions in domain name history I just lost the domain name ini.gr (INI.gr) to PepsiCo Greece. PepsiCo wanted to register ivi.gr (IVI.gr) but couldn't because I had registered the domain name ini.gr before.

Why couldn't PepsiCo register ivi.gr you might ask. The domain ivi.gr was not registered but it was not available either. It was reserved for me to register if I ever wanted it as it is considered a confusingly similar written domain name to my ini.gr.

This is because of some crazy .gr rule that mandates that Continue reading

CENTR Reaches 70M Domain Registrations: .de (15.8 million), .uk (10.5 million), .nl (5.5 million)

centrIn early February 2015, CENTR’s ccTLD full members aggregate registrations crossed the 70 million mark.

This number includes 57 ccTLDs and IDN ccTLDs in 49 countries. CENTR’s full members have benefited from a 45% growth in registrations over the past five years, or 21.8 million new domain names.

The largest CENTR members in February 2015 include Continue reading

.DK Domain Names Introduce Validation

gtldsAs from 1 March 2015, DK Hostmaster requires that all Danish registrants can be validated. This means, that your name and address must match the information about you in the CPR or CVR register to get the right of use of a .dk domain name.

Requirement for both existing and new users
DK Hostmaster has already reviewed several thousand .dk registrants from the whois database. Their names and addresses have been Continue reading