Jul 172017
 
China

Registries wanting to sell their wares to Chinese registrants are once again facing a tightening of the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)’s regulations.

A few days ago, on July 6, the Ministry published a notice excluding registries that do not hold a license from MIIT from operating in China. The notice warns that from August, MIIT will ramp up its efforts to ensure that registries comply with the regulation through a new “enforcement initiative”.

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May 272017
 
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In what can only be seen as a major coup for new gTLDs, the French national railway’s ecommerce website is set to ditch the .COM web address it’s used for the last 17 years in favour of its own Dot Brand.

French media are reporting that SNCF’s www.voyages-sncf.com will become www.oui.sncf in November 2017.

Oui (“yes” in French) is the base for the new branding the French railway company is to launch across its high-speed rail services starting this July.

Voyages-sncf.com is the number one ecommerce website in France, with a total of 86 million tickets sold in 2016. At peak volume last year, an incredible 240,000 tickets were sold daily through the site. Predicted 2020 revenue stands at 5 Billion euros!

Apr 252017
 
Mathieu Weill Afnic

Il occupe le poste de directeur général de l’Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération depuis 2005. Mieux connue sous l’acronyme Afnic, cette association gère le .FR, l’extension Internet française.

Mathieu Weill ne sera plus DG de l’Afnic à compter du 1er mai. Aucune raison n’a été donnée pour ce départ, sauf à indiquer par communiqué que l’intéressé est “appelé à d’autres fonctions”.

C’est Pierre Bonis, l’actuel directeur général adjoint, qui assurera l’intérim. Le temps pour le conseil d’administration de l’association de lancer un appel à candidature pour trouver le remplaçant de Mathieu Weill.

Apr 202017
 
GDD

ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) has started organising summits to enable domain industry members who have contracts with ICANN (registries and registrars) to discuss business issues away from the traditional policy-focussed ICANN meetings.

The 2016 summit was held in Amsterdam and drew in over 400 participants (from 49 countries). Much lower than the typical attendance at an ICANN meeting, which can run to over 3,000 people, but not surprising given the narrow focus of these GDD Summits.

The idea is to concentrate on business discussions. How domains are bought and sold, how contracted parties interact with ICANN and its staff, what new trends are emerging for the industry, what major issues the industry is facing…

The next summit is happening from May 9 to 11 in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Over 350 attendees have already registered. 6 ICANN Board members are also planning to attend, plus the ICANN CEO Göran Marby, and a preliminary agenda has now been published.

Apr 192017
 
DotA

So DotAfrica is finally about to launch. Years of being embroiled in legal disputes would make anyone impatient to start earning revenue. But sending out marketing emails based on the argument that people should register their trademarks before someone else does? Really?

For a registry, this seems so 2012. Surely now that new gTLDs are with us, registrants are looking for value in specific strings rather than trying to register in every single one for protection? A task that not only seems Herculean and mega expensive, but also slightly passé thanks to the new mechanisms like the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) which came with the new gTLD program.

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Feb 162017
 
DotA

Ils étaient deux à se revendiquer du .Africa. D’un côté l’opérateur de l’extension nationale sud-africaine, le .ZA. De l’autre une business woman africaine/américaine.

ZA Central Registry (ZACR) et DotConnectAfrica (DCA) se sont battus devant l’ICANN et les tribunaux. Depuis des années. Empêchant ainsi le .Africa de devenir réalité.

Une guerre civile sans merci, sur fond de polémique en raison de la capacité de la patronne de DCA, Sophia Bekele, a susciter la controverse en multipliant les déclarations publiques fracassantes en même temps qu’elle attaquait en justice.

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Dec 042016
 
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This week, on December 8 and 9, the DNS Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC) is travelling to Cotonou, the largest city in the African country of Benin.

Set up following a memorandum of agreement signed between Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and ICANN in 2014, the DNS-EC strives to develop expertise on the Domain Name System in Africa and the Middle East.

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Nov 012016
 
djt

Donald Trump ne laisse personne indifférent. Pas ses détracteurs. Pas plus qui espèrent profiter de sa notoriété. Tous s’intéressent de près au candidat à la présidence des Etats-Unis. Encore plus depuis qu’il a annoncé son intention de lancer sa chaîne de télévision à lui.

Cet article à été publié par le Huffington Post sous le titre “Donald Trump n’est même pas capable d’acheter son nom de domaine”. Lire l’article.

Feb 092016
 
YT

A screenshot of Nicolas Vuignier’s video iPhone experiment.

The Internet is going crazy over a video uploaded to YouTube by Swiss skier Nicolas Vuignier.

Shot with iPhone 6, the video offers incredible images of what appears to be Vuignier skiing whilst swinging the smartphone over his head.

It had almost a million hits in the first 24 hours and now, 3 days after its February 5, 2016 publication date, has already shot past 2 million views.

Vuignier is passionate about new technological developments. Beyond developing what is clearly a great technique for filming with iPhones, he’s also an early adopter of new gTLDs, more specifically .SKI. His video features his website http://www.nico.ski/, as picked up by CNET when they covered Youtube’s latest viral phenomenon.