Oct 012016
 
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“Today, after months of preparation and implementation of the community’s tasks, ICANN’s contract with NTIA expired. As a result, the coordination and management of the Internet’s unique identifiers is now privatized and in the hands of the volunteer-based multistakeholder community.”

These 2 sentences published today, October 1, 2016, by ICANN Board Chair Steve Crocker, have an air of history-in-the-making about them.

For the first time since it was created in 1998 to oversea the Internet’s naming (domain names and Top Level Domains) and addressing (IP addresses) functions, ICANN no longer has a direct contract with one government. The United States no longer have veto power over the way Top Level Domains such as .SKI (generic) or .EU (country code) are launched on the Internet.

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May 102016
 
Middle East DNS Forum 2016

 

On May 4 and 5, 2016, the city of Tunis hosted the Middle East DNS Forum. Co-organised by ICANN and the Tunisian Internet Agency, the event was opened by Tunisian Minister for Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Nouman Fehri.

Over 120 participants then attended sessions on a wide variety of Digital Economy related topics including the domain industry, civil society’s participation in Internet policy development and the challenges of managing the local country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .TN.

Audience at Middle East DNS Forum 2016

The forum was attended by people from over 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Severely under-represented in the current new gTLD space, entrepreneurs from these regions are eager to make the most of future Internet naming opportunities.

DNS Forum participants welcomed insights into the intricacies of setting up and running a new gTLD registry from companies such as StartingDot, operator of the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI. new gTLDs.

Panels at Middle East DNS Forum 2016

“Part of our mission is to help our industry grow by promoting it to potential new entrants,” said StartingDot. “And to explain why having naming options that are tailored to a person’s specific community or interest is crucial in the digital age. As an example, a .BIO domain name makes a great personal space website where users can present their online bios.”

Apr 242016
 

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Opening up the Internet root to hundreds of new Top Level Domains (TLDs), where before the choice in domain name suffixes (the label after the dot) was extremely limited, is ambitious indeed.

The goal is a lofty one: bringing greater context, more precision and more effective navigation to users dependent on Web addresses to find the content they want. But unless people know of the Internet’s TLD expansion, its chances of success are limited.

Increasing public awareness of these new suffixes (dubbed “new gTLDs”) is a constant challenge for the businesses involved in giving the world’s information superhighway signposts that are both more numerous and better indicators of the content they are pointing to.

Companies like StartingDot, operator of the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI new gTLDs. And Google. The search giant is very much a part of this attempt to bring users more choice at the Internet’s Top Level.

To help developers understand how they can best work with new gTLDs and test their applications for compatibility Google launched Domain Test as an open source project open to all new gTLD operators.

The service is also designed to allow testing of new country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and internationalized domain names (IDNs), i.e. Internet suffixes written in non-Latin characters such as Arabic or Cyrillic. “These gTLDs have a series of characteristics, such as string length and the use of non-Latin scripts, that can cause bugs in software,” says Google. “Domain Test helps developers identify and fix these problems.”

Domain Test is freely available to use or modify, and is operated under the Apache 2 license, the service runs on AppEngine.

StartingDot has included all 3 of its TLDs in the Domain Test initiative. “Our TLDs look to serve specific communities,” the company explains. “Their operating rules and procedures were designed from the get-go to provide the architecture, snowsports and organic/biography communities with Internet labels that suit their needs. Joining the Domain Test initiative is just another step in the same direction for us. The more Web developers understand these TLDs, the more the aforementioned communities are likely to be able to benefit from them.”

Mar 242016
 

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Lorsque le constructeur bavarois affiche ses idées pour les cent prochaines années d’innovation automobile, rien n’est laissé au hasard. Pas même l’adresse Internet.

BMW rejoint en effet le club de moins en moins fermé des grandes entreprises utilisatrices d’URL se terminant en “non .COM”. En l’occurrence, c’est sa propre extension, obtenue auprès du régulateur mondial de l’Internet (l’ICANN), que BMW met en avant.

Lire la suite de l’article sur le Huffington Post.

Feb 232016
 

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Connue et admirée à l’étranger, la capacité d’innovation des industriels français et mal reconnue par leurs compatriotes. Pourtant, nos entreprises osent tous les jours, empruntant parfois des chemins que même les américains ne défrichent pas.

A l’image du Groupe Maulin, l’un des principaux exploitants de stations de ski en France. A une époque où nombreux considèrent le .COM comme incontournable sur Internet, Maulin axe toute sa stratégie Internet autour du .SKI, une extension qui n’existait même pas il y a 6 mois!

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Feb 092016
 
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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.

Jan 152016
 

Auction

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 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.