Google Paid $25 Million For The .APP Extension (good luck getting that money back)

newgtldGoogle won today the auction for the .APP extension. Google paid $25 million dollars for the right to sell the .APP new domains.

I wish Google good luck on getting their money back ($25,001,000 was the exact amount) from selling .app domain names only. Because that is not happening any time soon. Continue reading

ICANN Updates Process for Release of 2-Character ASCII Domain Names

icannToday, ICANN is announcing updates to the "Authorization Process for the Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels" to take into account additional direction from the ICANN Board. This applies to New gTLD registries wishing to lift the ICANN registration ban on 2-character domain names.

On 12 February 2015, the Board took action to accept advice from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) on this subject issued in the GAC's 11 February 2015 Communiqué – Singapore [PDF, 113 KB], and directed the President and CEO, or his designee, to proceed immediately to implement the following changes to the process: Continue reading

ICANN 52 Welcome Ceremony & Press Conference (videos)

icannICANN 52 conference is underway in Singapore.

Watch here the "Welcome Ceremony" from ICANN 52 in Singapore on Monday, February 9, 2015 and the ICANN 52 press conference where President and CEO Fadi Chehadé, Board Chair Dr. Steve Crocker and President of the Global Domains Division Akram Atallah answer journalists questions.

Welcome Ceremony (video): Continue reading

ICANN Strategic Plan 2016-2020 (video)

icannICANN published a video featuring its strategic plan for the years 2016 to 2020.

This is an animated look at ICANN's 5-year Strategic Plan which sets forth five Strategic Objectives and sixteen Strategic Goals, each with Key Success Factors and Strategic Risks.

Watch the video here: Continue reading

Everything You Need To Know About IANA & Its Functions (video)

icannICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, published a video that describes IANA, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, and its various functions.

The video is mainly targeted to the novice user. See below the video that was prepared by LACNIC (Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre) and ICANN: Continue reading

ICANN: “IANA Systems Not Compromised By Hackers”

icannAs ICANN reported on 16 December 2014, it was recently the target of a so-called "spear phishing" attack. During this attack the email credentials of some ICANN staff were compromised by hackers.

"As mentioned in our original announcement, we have confirmed that the attack has not impacted any Continue reading

ICANN Targeted in Spear Phishing Attack

icannICANN is investigating a recent intrusion into their systems.

We believe a "spear phishing" attack was initiated in late November 2014. It involved email messages that were crafted to appear to come from our own domain being sent to members of our staff. The attack resulted in the compromise of the email credentials of several ICANN staff members.

In early December 2014 ICANN also discovered that the compromised credentials were used to access other ICANN systems besides email: Continue reading

Release of Country and Territory Names Within .BMW & .MINI New gTLDs

newgtldI don't know why ICANN bothered with any of rules on reserved domains in New gTLD contracts and agreements. One after the other all the reserved domains are released anyway.

After the release of 2-character New gTLD domain names ICANN just opened a comment period for the release of country and Continue reading

Proposed Renewal of .JOBS TLD Registry Agreement

gtldsICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .JOBS which is set to expire on 5 May 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Employ Media LLC (the Registry Operator for the .JOBS TLD).

The current Registry Agreement for .JOBS, like other registry agreements, provides for presumptive renewal so long as certain requirements are met. It also provides that upon renewal, changes Continue reading

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Stats: 43 ccTLDs, 35 gTLDs, 50+ New gTLDs

icannICANN shared some data about the considerable progress made to deploy Internationalized Domain Names in the Domain Name System (DNS) root zone file.

In 2010, hostnames used in the DNS were limited to a subset of the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) characters used for alphabetic letters, digits, and the hyphen (known as "LDH"). This meant that non-Latin characters could not be used for website and other domain names that people would type in or click on. However, in 2010, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and others were hard at work creating a robust, globally implementable Internationalized Domain Names in Applications (IDNA) standard that would enable billions of new users to access the Internet in their local language script.

This what has been achieved in Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs): Continue reading