Saturday , October 1 2022

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Nominet may owe its members millions, top lawyer says

Nominet has been charging its thousands of members annual subscription fees unlawfully for the last quarter-century, it has been claimed. Ian Mitchell KC, who you may recall was hired by a handful of members to opine that Nominet’s voting system may be illegal, has now delivered a follow-up opinion saying …

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ICANN approves ccTLD-killer policy

ICANN has formally adopted a policy that would enable it to remove ccTLDs from the DNS root when their associated countries cease to exist, raising the possibility of the Soviet Union’s .su being deleted. Last Thursday at ICANN 75 in Kuala Lumpur, the board of directors rubber-stamped the ccNSO Retirement …

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.br tops five million names

Brazil’s .br ccTLD has topped five million registered domains for the first time. Stats provided by registry NIC.br show that the milestone was passed around September 14. The last million names have been added in just the last few years — .br hit four million in late March 2019 and …

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ICANN returning to Puerto Rico

ICANN has added Puerto Rico back on its list of future meeting venues after cancelling this year’s trip to San Juan due to the pandemic. The Org will summon the true believers to the Puerto Rico Convention Center from March 2 to March 7, 2024, for ICANN 79, it announced …

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Ukrainians urged to “de-Russify” their domains

There’s reportedly a push in Ukraine to get registrants of Russian-transliterated TLDs to switch to their matching Ukrainian versions. Ukraine’s .ua offers domains in dozens of second-level domains, many of which correspond to the names of cities, such as kyiv.ua and .kharkiv.ua. But while pretty much everyone in the Anglophone …

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.au passes four million names as 2LDs surge

Australia’s .au domains has surpassed four million registered names for the first time, boosted by second-level regs. The milestone appears to have been hit in the last 24 hours, with the total count at 4,001,440 right now, according to the registry’s web site. The ccTLD has added just shy of …

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.com and .net are the drag factor on domain industry growth

Verisign’s own gTLDs .com and .net slowed overall domain industry volume growth in the second quarter, according to its latest Domain Name Industry Brief. June ended with 351.5 million registrations across all TLDs, up 1 million sequentially and 10.4 million year-over-year. Growth would have been slightly better without the drag …

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Nominet gets new CFO

Nominet has recruited Vodafone’s head of finance to be its new CFO. The company announced today that Carolyn Bedford will join on December 1, and will also take an executive director seat on the board. She replaces Ben Hill, who was one of several directors removed from the board in …

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It’s ICANN versus the blockchain in Kuala Lumpur

Internet fragmentation and the rise of blockchain-based naming systems were firmly on the agenda at ICANN 75 in Kuala Lumpur today, with two sessions exploring the topic and ICANN’s CTO at one point delivering a brutal gotcha to a lead blockchain developer. Luc van Kampen, head of developer relations at …

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ICANN to “stand up” to Russia at the ITU

ICANN is a non-political organization, but it cannot tolerate the platform of the Russian standing to be the secretary-general of the International Telecommunications Union. CEO Göran Marby took a fairly bellicose tone in denouncing the platform at two sessions of ICANN 75 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, warning that the election …

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Surprise new chair for ICANN announced

The King is dead, long live the Queen! (Too soon?) ICANN announced today that Tripti Sinha will be taking over as chair of the organization’s board of directors this Thursday, with Maarten Botterman taking an unexpectedly early bath. The news was delivered by Botterman this morning during the opening ceremony …

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Last-minute bombshell in Nominet election — it may be ILLEGAL

Nominet’s current non-executive director election may be illegal, according to a legal opinion commissioned by one of the candidates. Candidate Jim Davies, along with fellow former director Angus Hanton, say barrister Iain Mitchell KC has said that elements of Nominet’s voting practices are “clearly unlawful”, and they’ve asked Nominet to …

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