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If you Sell Many Domains per Month or Year, Stop Hiding Behind NDA’s!! It’s Total Nonsense!

Morning folks!! I fight hard when I make a sale to make sure it is released publicly. It’s important for my future sales, it’s important for my portfolio and it is important for everyone. Just like Real Estate, that info is vital to the growth and increasing values of all domains. But many domainers and […]

Updated IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Including Risk Mitigation Measure Evaluation Released

LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the updated Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) Fast Track Process Final Implementation Plan (FIP), which includes changes proposed by the Joint ccNSO SSAC Response [PDF, 214 KB] as approved by the ICANN Board on 29 October 2017.

The updated IDN ccTLD FIP [PDF, 988 KB] includes the implementation of the risk mitigation measures evaluation step after the string similarity review process. This evaluation for the relevant requesters of IDN ccTLD strings will be undertaken based on the Guideline for Risk Mitigation Measures Evaluation [PDF, 285 KB]. ICANN will be notifying relevant IDN ccTLD Fast Track requesters regarding their eligibility to ask for an evaluation for the submitted IDN ccTLD string. The requesters will have three months to file the request, along with the mitigation measures, based on the updated IDN ccTLD FIP [PDF, 988 KB].

The updated plan [PDF, 988 KB] supersedes the previous version of the IDN ccTLD FIP [PDF, 850 KB] published on 5 November 2013. Previous versions of the FIP are available at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/fast-track-2012-02-25-en.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

GoDaddy employee caught bidding on domain name auctions

Paul Nicks, VP & GM for GoDaddy’s Aftermarket, made a blog post tonight saying that GoDaddy identified an employee who engaged in activities in violation of its policies. On March 11, a customer contacted GoDaddy with serious allegations against multiple employees. These allegations alluded to employees potentially participating in auctions, shill bidding (coordinating bids to …

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2018 ended with 348.7 million domains across all top-level domains (TLDs)

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) today announced that the fourth quarter of 2018 closed with approximately 348.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 6.3 million domain name registrations, or 1.8 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2018. Domain name registrations have grown by approximately 16.3 million, or 4.9 …

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3 months left to get your reserved .UK domains but most people don’t want them

.UK domain registrants with a third-level domain (.co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk) are reminded that they have less than three months left to secure the shorter second level (.uk) equivalent, before it is made available to the public. The deadline closes at 05:00 BST (UTC+1) on the 25th June, the end of a …

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Proposed Renewal of .asia Registry Agreement

Open Date: 27 March 2019 Close Date: 7 May 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview: ICANN is posting the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2006 .asia Registry Agreement for public comment, which is set to expire on 25 March 2020. The .asia 2010 Registry Agreement was originally set to expire in May 2017, and at the time ICANN was in the process of updating the base generic top-level domain (gTLD) Registry Agreement (herein referred to as the base registry agreement). It was mutually agreed that the terms of the .asia 2010 Registry Agreement would be extended while the base registry agreement was finalized, and that both parties would work in good faith to update the agreement in alignment with the base registry agreement as soon as practical. The .asia renewal agreement proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and dotAsia Organisation Limited, the Registry Operator for the .asia top-level domain (TLD).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/asia-renewal-2019-03-27-en

LXME expands to 4N and 2C .com domains

LXME, Giuseppe Graziano’s Liquid Domain Market Exchange, launched in September 2018. Originally LXME was for 3 letter .com domain names only. But today Giuseppe announced that LXME is expanding to accept 4 number .com domains and 2 character .com domains. Here are a lot more details from Giuseppe Graziano: “To answer your requests, today we are proud …

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Live Chat and Mailchimp can now be added to Efty marketplaces

Efty announced 2 new features today. You can now add Live Chat and Mailchimp to your Efty marketplaces. Every Efty account comes with a domain name marketplace feature, making it easy for buyers to browse your entire portfolio and purchase your domains. The two new integrations to Efty Market will help you to communicate with …

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ICANN Systems Controls Validated by Annual IANA Functions Audit

LOS ANGELES – 26 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has completed audits of the key systems used to deliver the IANA functions by Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Accounting firm, RSM US LLP, conducted the audits of the Registry Assignment and Maintenance Systems (RAMS) and the Root Zone Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) services for the period of 1 October 2017 through 30 November 2018.

For the sixth consecutive year, a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 audit of PTI's RAMS shows that the ICANN organization has the appropriate controls in place to ensure the security, availability, and integrity of IANA request processing.

For the ninth consecutive year, an exception-free SOC3 has been achieved for the management of the DNSSEC Root Key Signing Key (KSK), which is the trust anchor of the Domain Name System. The SOC 3 demonstrates that effective security, availability, and process integrity controls exist to manage the Root KSK. The report is publicly available at https://www.iana.org/reports/2019/soc3-pe-201811.pdf.

"Ensuring appropriate controls are in place is an essential part of our commitment to the community. This year our team has achieved a commendable result under review by a new audit firm, while executing an ambitious hardware and software replacement program and successfully completing the first KSK rollover" said Kim Davies, Vice President, IANA Services and President, PTI.

SOC audits evaluate an organization's controls in relation to "trust services principles and criteria" and are managed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Call for Volunteers: NomCom Review Implementation Working Group

LOS ANGELES - 25 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), together with the Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review Implementation Planning Team (IPT), is seeking volunteers to join the NomCom Review implementation working group. The results of this working group will impact all of ICANN's community so it is critical that all of ICANN's Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, as well as relevant stakeholder groups and constituencies participate.

As requested by the ICANN Board (see the 14 March 2019 resolution here), the NomCom Review implementation working group will:

  • develop a detailed implementation plan, including appropriate costing, for the 27 recommendations of the NomCom Review, based on the guidelines detailed in the IPT's Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan [PDF, 515 KB]; and
  • oversee the implementation of these recommendations, once approved by the Board. The detailed implementation plan, including appropriate implementation costing, shall be submitted to the Board as soon as possible, but no later than six months after approval of the 14 March 2019 Board resolution, i.e. 14 September 2019.

The work commitment for this group is anticipated to be no less than two years with calls likely to take place every other week. No travel support will be provided for implementation working group members.

To join the NomCom Review implementation working group, please send an email to reviews@icann.org with your request to join.

Please note, the implementation working group's first meeting will take place on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 20:00 UTC and volunteers are encouraged to join before this date. However, the implementation working group will remain open to new members throughout its work so volunteers will be able to join at any time.

Background

On 14 March 2019, the Board accepted the NomCom Review final report [PDF, 629 KB] from the independent examiner, and the Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan [PDF, 515 KB] (FAIIP) from the NomCom Review Implementation Planning Team, subject to appropriate implementation costing. The Board requested that the ICANN organization work with the NomCom Review Implementation Planning Team, who had drafted the FAIIP, to convene a working group to draft a detailed implementation plan of the recommendations, and oversee the implementation of the recommendations.

Details of elements to be included in the detailed implementation plan are outlined in the 14 March Board resolution here.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Deadline Extended: Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2

LOS ANGELES – 25 March 2019 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is extending the deadline for submitting expressions of interest (EOIs) to chair Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to Monday, 8 April 2019. Learn more about the background by reading the announcement here.

Following the initial discussions of the EPDP Team during ICANN64 (March 2019) in Kobe, Japan, the GNSO Council leadership would like to provide some further details in relation to the expected workload and pace for Phase 2:

  • The topics to be addressed in Phase 2 have been mapped out on the EPDP Team Phase 2 Mind Map.
  • Following the appointment of the EPDP Team Chair, the EPDP Team is expected to commence with 90-minute weekly meetings (potentially on Tuesday or Thursday at 14:00 UTC) but with the possibility to increase the frequency. Additional meeting(s) may be purposed for either another weekly plenary session that would focus on a different stream of work or small team(s) meetings.
  • Although there is agreement on the importance and urgency of addressing the topics in Phase 2, there is also general agreement that it is not sustainable to continue on the same pace and intensity of work as for Phase 1.
  • Additional resources, such as mediation support, are expected to be made available to support the EPDP Team Chair, in addition to the support that is already being provided by policy staff. Candidates are encouraged to include in their EOI if there is any type of support or resource that is considered essential in supporting the EPDP Team Chair in his/her role.
  • In light of this new information, the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to Monday, 8 April 2019

About EPDP

On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties would continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies related to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Following adoption of the Temporary Specification, the Board “shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN’s Bylaws.” This Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification would need to be carried out within a one-year period. Additionally, the scope includes discussion of a System for Standardized Access to Non-Public Registration Data. However, the discussion of a Standardized Access System will occur only after the EPDP Team has comprehensively answered a series of “gating questions” and non-objection by the GNSO Council.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

ICANN Publishes Staff Report On ICANN’s Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget Public Comment Proceeding

LOS ANGELES – 22 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the staff report on the public comment proceeding of ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget, and an update to the Five-Year Operating Plan. The proceeding ran from 17 December 2018 to 8 February 2019.

The report can be found here.

The ICANN organization will send the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget document to the Board for adoption on May 6. At the same time, ICANN will publish this document so the community has the opportunity to review it.

ICANN thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation in ICANN's planning and budgeting process is critical to continuously enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

ICANN Launches Age Diversity and Participation Survey

LOS ANGELES – 21 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching a survey to determine current perceptions of age diversity in the ICANN community. It is also aimed at identifying potential barriers to participation.

The Age Diversity and Participation Survey will help to clarify perceptions of diversity, equality, leadership, and inclusiveness, which in turn will help inform community discussions.

All community members are encouraged to share their views. Please take the survey here: https://go.icann.org/agesurvey.

The survey closes on 19 April (23:59 UTC). Responses will be anonymous and will be used in accordance with ICANN's Privacy Policy. The survey is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The Age Diversity and Participation Survey was created in response to calls from the community for additional data on these topics. It is a follow-up to the pilot survey on gender diversity in 2017. The ICANN organization will share a report with an analysis of gaps, perceptions, and potential next steps. This data will help ICANN identify ways to improve age diversity and support broad, inclusive participation.

Please email any questions to agesurvey@icann.org.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

VPN.com announced 5 brokered domain name sales

VPN.com announced five successful domain name transactions today: SEOService.com: $35,000 USD Detect.com: $57,000 USD GTA.com: Undisclosed SiteMaps.com: Undisclosed VPNUnlimited.com: Undisclosed “This is a great time to be in the domain name industry. As platform risk and dependence continues to be recognized at all levels of business, great brands are equipping their visions with the absolute …

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Marketing and branding from monster movies to domains (video)

Jeff Sass gave a very interesting talk during JoomlaDay Florida 2019 that was titled “Marketing and Branding from Monster Movies to Domains”. “Long before he was CMO of the .CLUB Domain Registry, Jeff Sass spent over 7 years making low-budget action/horror films. The lessons he learned making movies have helped him throughout his career as …

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This Means War! ICANN proposes lifting price cap provisions on .org and .info domains!

This means war! ICANN proposes lifting price cap provisions .org and .info domains! This is the most serious matter that registrants have come up against ever. If these agreements are accepted by ICANN then VERISIGN will come running asking ICANN to lift price cap provisions in .com and .net. So all domains can go overnight …

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WIPO issues WRONG report regarding domain name disputes in 2018

Trademark owners filed a record 3,447 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2018 WIPO claims that businesses reacted to the proliferation of websites used for counterfeit sales, fraud, phishing, and other forms of online trademark abuse. (Annex 1) But besides that not being the …

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Tucows acquires wholesale domain registrar Ascio Technologies

Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire wholesale domain name registrar Ascio Technologies from CSC®. The transaction closed yesterday. Tucows will pay $29.44 million and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to operating cash flow. The purchase price will be funded through Tucows’ existing credit facility. …

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I am renewing my best domain names for 5+ years

In the past year or so I have decided that whenever I make a sale I will use some of the money for renewals. I am not talking about the normal renewals that I usually do every 3-4 months and are quite costly. I am talking about using 3-4% of the money to renew my …

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Proposed Renewal of .info Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview:

ICANN organization is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the .info Registry Agreement (herein referred to as the .info renewal agreement), which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The .info renewal agreement proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Afilias Limited, the Registry Operator for the .info top-level domain (TLD).

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/info-renewal-2019-03-18-en
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