Aug 282014
ICANN Studienkreis Bulgaria

Discussions at the 14th meeting of the ICANN Studienkreis in Sofia, Bulgaria. Milathan photo.

During the opening panel of the 14th meeting of the ICANN Studienkreis held today (August 28) in Sofia, Bulgari, local registry Register.BG’s Daniel Kalchev briefly spoke about the ongoing dispute between his country and ICANN.

In February 2010, Bulgaria requested the Cyrillic version of its country code domain (.БГ) under ICANN’s IDN Fast Track program and was surprised to be turned down. ICANN’s DNS Stability Panel had found the proposed string to be confusingly similar to an existing ccTLD which at the time was thought to be Brasil’s ASCII .BR.

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Aug 252014

NCThe ICANN Board Working Group on the Nominating Committee has posted its recommendations on improvements to the group in charge of making selections to the Board, the GNSO and ccNSO Councils and ALAC.

The 10-page report list 15 recommendations, to be considered by the ICANN Board after a period of public comment. These are therefore not final and still subject to change.

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Aug 162014


“If you want to transition the Internet root, it helps if you first understand what the Internet root is and how it evolved into the way it is managed today.”

This could be ICANN’s Stability and Security Advisory Committee’s message to the ICANN leadership as it delivers a 42-page “overview and history of the IANA function”.

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Aug 122014


Dot COM registry Verisign has just released domain name registration figures for the first quarter of 2014.

Five million new domains were registered in the period (ending on March 31st 2014) taking the total number of domains registered, in all TLDs, to 276 million.

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Aug 072014


It was the domain name saga of the late nineties early 2000s. A book was even written about it! The theft of, one of the most expensive domain names ever (said to have been sold for $14 million in 2006).

Now The Domains is reporting that may have gone the same way. Stolen from the company that paid $9.5 million to acquire the name in 2007.

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