Entire Slovak ccTLD .SK was stolen, claims Czech technocrat

Czech technocrat, Ondřej Caletka, alleges that the Slovak ccTLD, dot .SK, was stolen in 1999. After the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993 into the Czech Republic (now Czechia) and Slovakia, both countries were given new ccTLDs: .CZ and .SK respectively. While the Czech Republic’s ccTLD management history seems normal and boring, that wasn’t the same […]

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Could ICANN restrict the Qatar gTLD if commanded?

On Monday, the Saudi Press Agency released a statement accusing Qatar of “harboring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region”. Arab nations are cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, so perhaps ICANN could extend these measures in the digital realm as well. In a world where the physical […]

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10 years ago : Almost a million Registerfly customers moved to GoDaddy

Oh, how time flies, and in the case of Registerfly it stinks too. May 29th marked the 10th year anniversary of a mass exodus of Registerfly customers to GoDaddy, as the defunct ICANN-accredited registrar faced legal problems. After months of not paying customers renewals to a variety of domain registries, Registerfly agreed to move these […]

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ICANN eat well : Where is the budget money going

With strong budgets allocated to the success of the multi-stake holder model, ICANN officials made healthy earnings in 2016. To ensure transparency and honest disclosure of numbers related to budgets and wages, such financial statements and usage are released to the public. “Trips around the world are costly, and managers, whether middle or higher up […]

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ICANN62 : Event date changed to cater to the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday

ICANN has announced that its ICANN62 gathering in Panama, originally scheduled on the weekend of June 18th, 2018, has changed. In order to show respect to travelers observing the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday celebration, ICANN62 will now take place on June 25-28, 2018 instead. What is Eid al-Fitr? According to Wikipedia: Eid al-Fitr (“festival of […]

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North Korean UDRP Respondent threatens to nuke ICANN

The ICANN multi-steakeholder model office is in red alert today, after a UDRP Respondent made plausible threats over the Internet. North Korean UDRP Respondent, Shing Ping Kim, lashed out at both the WIPO and ICANN, after his domain was taken away. Citing the imminent launch of nuclear laden intercontinental ballistic missiles from North Korea, Shing […]

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George Kirikos : Verisign’s profits the result of a “sweetheart deal” with ICANN

Domain investor, George Kirikos, has been voicing his concerns about the ICANN procedures openly, for years. The ongoing renewal of the Verisign contract for .NET domains has been open to comments, and Kirikos made sure his valid points are heard. “My company is opposed to the proposed contract,” said George Kirikos. “In particular, rather than […]

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Farewell to new gTLDs : Former dot .Cloud executive on sabbatical

The former head of registry operations at dot .Cloud has left the company, and is currently on sabbatical. From that safe spot, Francesco Cetraro, recently blogged about his current views on new gTLDs, innovation, ICANN and other related tidbits. While dot .Cloud recently celebrated its 100,000th domain registration, this is just “numbers,” according to Cetraro: […]

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NameCheap : No love for Tucows?

NameCheap is apparently going on its own as an ICANN-accredited registrar, and not following eNom in the lap of Tucows. The latter, acquired eNom from Rightside, and NameCheap was an eNom (super) reseller for many years; the ICANN accreditation came in 2013. Now, domains registered at NameCheap don’t display eNom as the registrar, but NameCheap […]

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ICANN58 in Copenhagen : Rick Astley performed at the EUrid event!

Rick Astley, the 80’s teen heart-throb idol, performed at an ICANN58 event in Copenhagen, tonight. Aged 51, the “Rick Rolling” phenom was invited by EURid, Registry of dot .EU domains. The moment was captured by Michele Neylon, founder of Blacknight, who took a break from posting images of exquisite food to share this extraordinary musical […]

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Editorial : ICANN and the future of the new gTLDs

Welcome to the March Editorial. Uniregistry’s announcement of a price increase plan, affecting 16 of its 25 commercial gTLDs, created a wave of discussions on a variety of media. The key question was the price increase, and whether it’s ethical, or merely a demonstration of corporate greed. The affected gTLDs are, for the most part, […]

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NASA & ICANN : Intelligent domainers might survive outside of our solar system

Today’s announcement of 7 earth-sized exoplanets merely 40 light years away, was met by jubilation among astronomers, domainers and other technology boffins. Discovering a hospitable environment so far away from home means one thing: domain investing and the new gTLDs can propagate for aeons to come. “A lot of domain investors are in fear of […]

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