Jan 282016
Icann Mar

ICANN’s next public meeting will see increased security measures

Three times a year, the Internet Domain Name System’s de-facto regulator ICANN holds public meetings around the world. In keeping with ICANN’s uniquely open governance model, in which everyone can participate, these meetings are free and open to all.

Anyone can register, either online beforehand or directly onsite. Once registered, participants can then attend the week-long meetings and enjoy the endless debates on domain name policy, the extremely high quality wifi connections and the interactions between the representatives of governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, the technical community and Internet users that are all ICANN meeting regulars.

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Jan 262016


World politics are becoming more and more digital-aware, and the US presidential election is no exception.

We are getting used to politicians being active on social media but a candidate embracing new gTLDs… now that’s impressive!

Taking full advantage of the “personal space” potential of the .BIO new gTLD, Democratic Party would-be nominee Bernie Sanders is showcased on the web address www.bernie.bio. The site claims independence from Sanders himself with a note stating that “This website was built & is maintained by volunteers with no official relation to Bernie Sanders.” It does however show avantgarde use of a new gTLD domain name by his supporters.

Sanders is considered former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s main rival for the Democratic Party Primaries set to start in February.

Jan 152016


If the auction held during the Namescon conference is anything to go by, domain investors are warming up to the opportunities offered by new gTLDs.

Last year was the first time new gTLD names featured in a Namescon auction, the very first new gTLDs having launched just months before the January 2015 event. This year some of those names came back at auction and where they had sold for a few hundred dollars in 2015, they now went for a few thousand.

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Jan 122016

premium domain names

Registry StartingDot’s Premium TLD 50 index for Q4 2015 shows strong growth for this segment of the new gTLD market. Premium TLDs are defined as Latin character suffixes (no IDNs) that are not brand or geographic terms and with an average retail price of over US$40. These suffixes are the business class section of the domain industry.

The Premium sector grew by 7% in the last quarter of 2015, riding a strong trend overall which saw total new gTLD growth rates rise from 26% in Q3 to 41% in Q4. Part of the increase seems attributable to improving awareness of TLDs in China, with domain investors making high volume domain registrations in the last few months.

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Jan 112016
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Namescon 2016 is a packed event

The size and scope of Namescon 2016 is taking many by surprise. The event has grown at least 30% from last year, both in terms of attendance and the floor space it occupies at the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel convention centre.

The Sunday program – the first day of the conference – gives a good insight into how rich and diverse this event is becoming. To the extent that the topic tables had to be moved from their initial ground floor locations to the first floor because too many people wanted to participate.

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Jan 072016

New gTLD jackpot?

TheDomains is running a piece today on the .ski registry’s removal of reserve pricing for all the names it has included in the RightOfTheDot auction being held during next week’s Namescon in Las Vegas.

So now all auction participants can look forward to trying for quality names, from 1-letters like i.ski to top quality key words like jet.ski.

The auction will start at 14:00 Pacific Time on January 11. Bidding is open already and online bidding and video feeds will be available during the auction.

Jan 062016

premium domain names

There is an intrinsic value proposition to new gTLDs. They mean to give users fresh naming possibilities and provide more meaningful Internet addresses. And to do so at much reduced prices.

Premium names before TLDs

Reduced prices? Really? This is where eyebrows start being raised. How so?

Well before the advent of new gTLDs, few suffixes offered any real ability to differentiate. Users thus looked to the second level, not the top level, for a way to get their web addresses to stand out from the crowd. So began a vicious circle of value going to the limited number of meaningful second level names since at TLD level, the only string with any real equity was .COM.


Read the rest of this article on CircleID, where it was first published.