Domain Names Are Fading From User View

The internet has changed and evolved ever since it's ancestors first came to life in the late 1960's. Some technology fades away and is forgotten; other aspects continue but are overlaid, like geological sediments, so that they are now longer visible but are still present under the surface.

The Domain Name System — both the technology of DNS and the deployed naming hierarchy we all use — are among those aspects of the internet that, although they feel solid and … Continue reading...

Dot-Com is Still King – of Domain Name Disputes

Despite the launch of more than 1,200 new gTLDs, .com remains far and away the most popular top-level domain involved in domain name disputes.

In 2016, .com domain names represented 66.82 percent of all gTLD disputes at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the only domain name dispute provider that publishes real-time statistics. And, as of this writing, the rate is even higher so far in 2017, with .com domain names accounting for 69.78 percent of all disputes.

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MMX 2016 Results Show 40% Registration Growth On Back of Strong Chinese Demand

Domain names under management across the 26 new gTLDs operated by Minds Machines (MMX) jumped 40% in 2016, with registrations jumping 44% to 817,000 in China on the back of developing relationships in China that has included opening an office in Xiamen, gaining a license for .vip to allow Chinese registrants to host domains within the country and applying for licenses for a further 8 more.… Continue reading...

SEO Secrets of Keyword-Relevant Domain Extensions

The Domain Name Association (DNA) recently commissioned Web Traffic Advisors, with supporting analysis from Kevin Rowe of Rowe Digital, to do an independent study, Hidden Advantages of Relevant Domain Names, to answer the following question:

Can domain name extensions, especially meaningful or relevant domain name extensions (e.g. .Club, .Online, .Rocks, .Today), have the same opportunity as traditional or more generic ones (e.g. traditional .Biz, .Com, .Info, .Org)?

The answer is yes! Companies that want to compete for visibility in … Continue reading...

Reminder: ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY17 Q3 Call on 27 April 1500 UTC‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

ICANN has announced its FY17 Q3 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 27 April 1500 UTC. The call will focus on how ICANN has implemented community policy for the quarter ending 31 March 2017 as well as provide an update from our European engagement team, as part of a new format to spotlight regional activities.

Please click here to register for the call and receive joining instructions. If you are unable to access the form, please email us your … Continue reading...

ICANN Board to Hold Two Open Sessions During Geneva Workshop

The ICANN Board of Directors will hold two open sessions during its upcoming workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, which will take place from 5 to 7 May 2017. The Board invites all interested individuals to join. Note that times are shown in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Marketplace Dynamics Session I: Registries and Registrars
Saturday, 6 May, 11:15 – 12:00 UTC

Internet Governance Engagement Strategy with a Focus on the Internet Governance Forums (IGFs): Proposal to the Board
Sunday, 7 May, 09:00 … Continue reading...