Domaining Europe Returning Home to Valencia, Spain for 10th Anniversary Show Next Spring

The Domaining Europe conference began in Valencia, Spain almost a decade ago and the first seven shows in the annual series were staged at the Hotel Sorolla Palace there. In 2016 conference founder Dietmar Stefitz decided to take the show on the road, staging that year's event in The Hague, Netherlands, followed by the 2017 show in Berlin, Germany this past May. With the 2018 conference marking the 10th anniversary of the popular event, Stefitz decided it was only fitting … Continue reading...

Analysis Group Selected to Conduct the SSAC Review

Second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review

LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2017 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has contracted Analysis Group to conduct an independent review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC).

Selection of the Independent Examiner

The selection of an independent examiner is performed in accordance with ICANN's procurement process. All submitted proposals were carefully evaluated against selection criteria developed in collaboration with the SSAC, including:

  • Technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ICANN.
  • Methodology.
  • Independence,
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Analysis Group Selected to Conduct the SSAC Review

Second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review

LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2017 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has contracted Analysis Group to conduct an independent review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC).

Selection of the Independent Examiner

The selection of an independent examiner is performed in accordance with ICANN's procurement process. All submitted proposals were carefully evaluated against selection criteria developed in collaboration with the SSAC, including:

  • Technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ICANN.
  • Methodology.
  • Independence,
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WHOIS Access and Interim GDPR Compliance Model: Latest Developments and Next Steps

WHOIS access and development of an interim GDPR compliance model remains THE hot topic within the ICANN community. Developments are occurring at a break-neck pace, as ICANN and contracted parties push for an implementable solution ahead of the May 25, 2018 effective date of the GDPR.

To quickly recap:

  • Between November 11, 2017 and January 11, 2018, various ICANN community participants submitted different proposed interim GDPR compliance models to ICANN;
  • On January 12, 2018, ICANN published a set of three
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Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 332.4 Million Domain Registrations in Q4 2017

The Domain Name Industry Brief
Volume 15, Issue 1, Feb 2018
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Verisign has released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the fourth quarter of 2017 closed with approximately 332.4 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 1.7 million domain name registrations as of Dec. 31, 2017. [1] [2] This is a 0.5 percent increase over the third quarter of 2017 and a 0.9 percent … Continue reading...

WHOIS Inaccuracy Could Mean Noncompliance with GDPR

The European Commission recently released technical input on ICANN's proposed GDPR-compliant WHOIS models that underscores the GDPR's "Accuracy" principle — making clear that reasonable steps should be taken to ensure the accuracy of any personal data obtained for WHOIS databases and that ICANN should be sure to incorporate this requirement in whatever model it adopts. Contracted parties concerned with GDPR compliance should take note.

According to Article 5 of the regulation, personal data shall be "accurate and, where necessary, kept … Continue reading...

ICANN Holds First Capacity Development Workshop for Asia GAC Members

SINGAPORE – 15 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Underserved Regions Working Group, announced today the first capacity-development workshop for Asia GAC members and representatives, to be held from 24–25 February 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the support of Nepal's Department of Information Technology.

Sanjay Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal, will give the opening remarks. Almost 20 government representatives from 11 … Continue reading...

Donuts Acquires .TRAVEL TLD

Donuts Inc. today announced it has acquired the .TRAVEL domain name from registry operator Tralliance Registry Management Company; the .TRAVEL domain becomes Donuts' 239th TLD. From the annoucement: "Since its launch in 2005, the .TRAVEL domain has been embraced by the travel industry. Domain names ending in .TRAVEL now identify tens of thousands of travel businesses and organizations on the Internet. The .TRAVEL domain is widely recognized as of the highest quality, and is used by leading travel businesses … Continue reading...

GDPR – Territorial Scope and the Need to Avoid Absurd and Inconsistent Results

It's not just establishment it's context!

There is an urgent need to clarify the GDPR's territorial scope. Of the many changes the GDPR will usher in this May, the expansion of EU privacy law's territorial scope is one of the most important. The GDPR provides for broad application of its provisions both within the EU and globally. But the fact that the GDPR has a broad territorial scope does not mean that every company, or all data processing activities, are … Continue reading...

The Future of .COM Pricing

When you've been around the domain industry for as long as I have, you start to lose track of time. I was reminded late last year that the 6-year agreement Verisign struck with ICANN in 2012 to operate .com will be up for expiration in November of this year.

Now, I don't for a second believe that .com will be operated by any other party, as Verisign's contract does give them the presumptive right of renewal. But what will be … Continue reading...