ICANN Terminates Accreditation Of Panama Registrar With Zero (0) Domains!

icannICANN sent a notice of termination of registrar accreditation agreement for the registrar Vigson, Inc. from Panama on the 18th of November 2014.

As of 18 November 2014, Vigson, Inc.’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) with the Internet  Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”)  dated 3 October 2012 (“RAA”) is terminated pursuant to Section 5. 3.4 of the RAA. The termination shall become effective Continue reading

Dish DBS Wins .Dot New gTLD Auction For $700,000 Beating Google

newgtldDish DBS Corporation won today the auction for the .Dot New gTLD for just $700,000. Dish beat .dot other applicant Google’s company Charleston Road Registry Inc.

This was the cheapest Continue reading

Ultimate Domain Name “www.google” Ranks 20th New gTLD In Alexa But Does Not Resolve

newgtldAs many of you know Google applied for the .Google New gTLD and the application was accepted by ICANN as a .brand string. Google has since signed the registry contract with ICANN and the New gTLD has been activated.

ICANN New gTLD rules dictate that all registry operators should reserve Continue reading

ICANN Amends UDRP Rules To Reduce Risk Of Domain Name Cyberflight

icannICANN announced the implementation of amended rules for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). These 7 amendments to the UDRP rules were designed to reduce the risk of cyberflight during a UDRP proceeding.

One important amendment for Respondents is that they may request an additional four (4) calendar days to respond to a complaint and UDRP providers will automatically grant the extension, if requested.

These new requirements will take effect and will be enforced by ICANN as of Continue reading

1st Domain Name System (DNS) Forum in Istanbul, Turkey

icannThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that, for the first time, it will host a Turkey Domain Name System (DNS) forum in Istanbul on the 18th November 2014. This Turkey DNS Forum is the first edition of what will be an annual event. The forum will bring together interested participants with key players in the domain name field, to discuss current topics in Turkey’s industry. Representatives from ICANN, the Government of Continue reading

ICANN Will Soon Release (number/letter, letter/number, number/number) 2-Character New gTLD Domains

newgtldICANN plans to release an authorization process by 1 December that no longer requires Registry operators to reserve all number/letter (2a), letter/number (a2), or number/number (22) New gTLD domain names at the second-level. This category of two-character labels has been determined not to raise significant security, Continue reading

U.S. Federal Court: Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) Can Not Be Seized

icannA U.S. federal court has agreed with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that the country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) are not property subject to attachment.

Claimants filed writs of attachment to seize from ICANN, the ccTLDs for Iran (.IR), Syria (.SY) and North Korea (.KP), (as well as internationalized top-level domains in non-ASCII characters for Iran and Syria) in order to Continue reading

ICANN 52 Meeting to Relocate to Singapore Because Of Ebola Fears

icannICANN announced that community concerns about the Ebola virus that would prevent maximum participation at its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015), a critical one given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability, has prompted ICANN to postpone the meeting in Marrakech, Morocco and to relocate to Singapore on the same dates.

The ICANN Board voted to make this decision following Continue reading

DNS Workshop: ‘Building a Sustainable Domain Names Business in Africa and the Middle East’

icannICANN joins the Africa Information and Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) and Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in organizing a first of its kind two-day workshop on DNS Entrepreneurship.

When: 4-5 November 2014
Where: Cairo Intercontinental City Stars, Cairo, Egypt

The ICANN regional engagement strategies and the communities in both Africa and the Middle East have Continue reading

ICANN Updates Zone File Access & Requires The Most Complicated Password Ever

icannBack in May 2014 I made a few suggestions to ICANN regarding the New gTLD zone file access. So when I got an email with the subject “About enhancements to CZDS” I was excited. The email didn’t give a lot of details: “ICANN will be deploying several enhancements to the CZDS during the below time period. During this time the CZDS will be unavailable.”

So now the update has been completed and I got this email: Continue reading