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The DNS’s former overseer now has its own domain name

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which for many years was the instrument of the US government’s oversight of the DNS root zone, has got its first proper domain name. It’s been operating at ntia.doc.gov forever, but today announced that it’s upgrading to the second-level ntia.gov. The agency said the switch “will make NTIA’s site […]

UDRP complaints hit new high at WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization handled 3,447 UDRP cases in 2018, a new high for the 20-year-old anti-cybersquatting policy. The filings represent an increase of over 12% compared to the 3,074 UDRP cases filed with WIPO in 2017. There were 3,036 cases in 2016 But the number of unique domains complained about decreased over the […]

Andruff escalates Disspain feud, asks ICANN to ban him from chair

Domain consultant and former registry boss Ron Andruff has asked ICANN’s board of directors to ban Chris Disspain from becoming chair at the end of the year. Writing on CircleID today, Andruff’s anti-Disspain message is veiled, but only thinly. While not naming Disspain directly, Andruff wrote: “I call on the Chair and ICANN Board to […]

ICANN plays tough over Amazon dot-brands

ICANN has given Amazon and the governments of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization less than a month to sort out their long-running dispute over the .amazon gTLD. The organization’s board of directors voted on Sunday to give ACTO and the e-commerce leviathan until April 7 to get their shit together or risk not getting what […]

Data beats Merdinger to head universal acceptance group

Email entrepreneur and internationalized domain name expert Ajay Data has been named as the new chair of the group that is struggling to promote the universal acceptance of top-level domains across the internet. Data, who replaces Afilias COO Ram Mohan after a four-year term, beat GoDaddy’s VP of domains Rich Merdinger in a secret ballot […]
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