This Is What The Internet Was Missing: A Nigerian Registrar

Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the accreditation of Nigeria’s registrar, Upperlink, which makes the company the first Nigerian and the eighth accredited registrar in Africa.

I am not so sure this is what the internet and domain names was missing.

I am sorry to sound so negative but I wrote a post last month about how corrupted the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) that is the .ng ccTLD registry is. Upperlink is the leading .ng registrar.

Upperlink signed the 2013 RAA and can offer the following TLDs according to ICANN: .aero .asia .biz .cat .com .coop .info .jobs .mobi .museum .name .net .org .pro .tel .travel .xxx.

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“Domain Registry of America” Registrar Suspended By ICANN For 90 Days

The registrar BRANDON GRAY INTERNET SERVICES INC. (dba NameJuice.com) that has been behind the ”Domain Registry of America”  (DRoA) or “Domain Renewal Group” scam was suspended by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) on the 19th of July 2014.

Brandon Gray’s ability to create new Registered Names or initiate inbound transfers of Registered Names is suspended for 90 days pursuant to Section 5.7 of the RAA. The suspension is effective 19 July 2014 at 00:00 UTC and will conclude on 17 October 2014 at 00:00 UTC, or longer if Brandon Gray has not demonstrated compliance on or before 10 October 2014.

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Warning: Fraudulent ICANN Domain Name Certificates

ICANN issued a warning today regarding some people trying to sell generic top-level domain (gTLD) centificates. These fraudulent certificates claim to protect registrants from something that I don’t quite understand. If you have received such an email please post it on the comments below.

The “certificates” look official and include an unauthorized use of the ICANN logo and the people making them are trying to extort money from registrants.

“ICANN is currently investigating these cases and advises registrants who encounter similar incidents to report to ICANN immediately via an email to Contractual Compliance at compliance@icann.org.”

ICANN recommends that anyone wishing to register a domain name under a generic top-level domain name to do so using an ICANN-accredited registrar. And if you want to buy an already registered domain in the secondary market then you should always use a secure escrow service such as escrow.com or eCop.com. Continue reading

.CLUB Featured By German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) During ICANN 50

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During the ICANN 50  meeting in London, the .CLUB team was visited by a crew from Germany’s leading International broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) who was there to cover the way web addresses are changing and diversifying. Continue reading

12 Registries Have Requested 2-Character New gTLD Domains: .DEALS, .CITY, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .WORLD

So far 12 registries have requested ICANN to allowed to sell 2-character New gTLD domains names: .DEALS, XN–FJQ720A, .CITY, .XYZ, .COLLEGE, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .HEALTHCARE, .WORLD, .BAND.

ICANN opened a comment period yesterday 8 July 2014: Continue reading

Potential Scandal At WIPO Involving Director General Francis Gurry

TheRegister did an article yesterday exposing allegations of bizarre and potentially illegal conduct within the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The Register obtained access to an internal report indicating reasonable grounds to suspect serious misconduct within the UN agency.

“The report, published exclusively by The Register today, outlines serious allegations against WIPO chief Francis Gurry. The organisation’s staff council has also demanded a prompt and independent investigation.

An OnlineDomain.com reader brought this article to my attention and he also commented that “Francis Gurry has been a flag-waver for UDRP from day one, and he has written some very one-sided papers trying to expand the power of the UDRP against domainers. He’s always putting out releasing saying that cybersquatting is on the rise, even when it isn’t.” Continue reading

ICANN 52 Meeting Will Be Held In Marrakech, Morrocco (8-12 February 2015)

ICANN decided, at the Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors that was held on 26 June 2014 in London England (ICANN 50), the location of the ICANN 52 meeting to be in Marrakech, Morrocco that will take place 8-12 February 2015.

As part of ICANN’s public meeting schedule, three times a year ICANN hosts a meeting in a different geographic region (as defined in the ICANN Bylaws). ICANN Meeting 52, scheduled for 8-12 February 2015, is to occur in the Africa geographic region. A call for recommendations for the location of the meeting in Africa was posted on 03 May 2013. Several parties sent proposals to ICANN.

The staff performed a thorough analysis of the proposals and prepared a paper to identify those that met the Meeting Selection Criteria (see http://meetings.icann.org/location-selection-criteria). Based on the proposals and analysis, staff has recommended that ICANN 52 be held in Marrakech, Morocco. Continue reading

Redelegation of the .GW domain representing Guinea-Bissau

ICANN decided, at the Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors that was held on 26 June 2014 in London England, the redelegation of the .GW domain representing Guinea-Bissau.

Kuo-Wei Wu introduced the agenda item. Chris Disspain provided background information regarding the redelegation request.

The Board then took the following action:

Resolved (2014.06.26.06), as part of the exercise of its responsibilities under the IANA Functions Contract, ICANN has reviewed and evaluated the request to redelegate the .GW country-code top-level domain to the Autoridade Reguladora Nacional das Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação da Guiné Bissau. The documentation demonstrates that the proper procedures were followed in evaluating the request.

Resolved (2014.06.26.07), the Board directs that pursuant to Article III, Section 5.2 of the ICANN Bylaws, that certain portions of the rationale not appropriate for public distribution within the resolutions, preliminary report or minutes at this time due to contractual obligations, shall be withheld until public release is allowed pursuant to those contractual obligations.

Fifteen members of the Board voted in favor of Resolutions 2014.06.26.06 and 2014.06.26.07. One member of the Board was unavailable to vote on the Resolutions. The Resolutions carried. Continue reading

Re-Consideration of Sensitive Strings: .ADULT, .PORN, and .SEX.

A regular meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors was held in London, England on 21 June 2014.

The Committee engaged in a discussion concerning applications for several adult-oriented strings in the current round of the New gTLD Program, including .ADULT, .PORN, and .SEX.

The applications propose to serve the same sector as the .XXX sponsored TLD. Staff noted that the applications were not the subject of GAC advice, or any special safeguards, other the safeguards that are applicable to all new gTLDs. The Committee considered how the safeguards in the new gTLD Program compare to the safeguards that were included in the .XXX Registry Agreement.

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Price Of .US Domains Goes Up Tomorrow

Neustar, the .us registry, is increasing the price of .US domains tomorrow. So from July 1st 2014 all .us domain registrations and renewals will cost an extra $0.50 in wholesale. That is the registrar price increase.

I have not received many registrars notices except one. Dynadot informed me that they are going to increase the .us registrations and renewals by $1. That seems like a big price hike as it is double the registry increase.

So today is the day to renew any .us domains you have. Continue reading