So my prediction from last year that “ICANN will open the new gTLD application period without any glitches” could not have been more wrong. And yes – I  actually used the word ‘glitches’. That said, I was correct in saying that many would be surprised by the number of new gTLD applications submitted. Unfortunately, I was also correct in saying that we would continue to see security breaches at both the Registry and Registrar levels, with the sophistication of these attacks beginning to increase. Regardless of my crystal-ball gazing skills, it’s been another incredibly eventful year, and below are the Top 10... Read More
Here ye, here ye - all hail the arrival of .SO. And the question becomes, “So what?”  But really, I can’t remember the last time we saw the launch of a totally pristine ccTLD. Sure, we’ve had launches of second-level TLDs like .CO, where only third-level TLDs had previously existed. And we have also had launches of third-level TLDs, like the addition of 34 provinces in China. But it’s been some time since a completely barren ccTLD namespace has been made widely available. And again, you might be asking yourself, so what?  As an unrestricted TLD, .SO registrations may be particularly... Read More
As a result of ICANN’s IDN ccTLD Fast Track process, which was launched in November of last year, a number of new ccIDNs (Country Code Internationalized Domain Names) have been successfully added to the root including: China (.中国, .中國), Egypt (.مصر), Hong Kong (.香港 ), Russia (.рф), Saudi Arabia (.السعودية), Taiwan (.台湾, .台灣) and the UAE (.امارات).   And earlier this month, five additional countries / territories were approved by the ICANN Board including: Sri Lanka (.இலங்கை), Thailand (.ไทย), Palestinian Territory (.فلسطين), Tunisia (.تونس) and Jordan (.الاردن).   With so many new registration possibilities available, and several Sunrise periods quickly approaching,... Read More
Last week, ICANN’s Tina Dam appeared on CNN’s, “Qwest Means Business” discussing the importance of IDN ccTLDs. When asked whether having non-Latin domain names might contribute to greater confusion, Tina Dam stated that she did not see any reason why non-native speakers would need to access websites in other languages. Of course, I am sure that those protecting brands across the globe, would beg to differ.  Additional information regarding the interview is available at CircleID Read More
After almost 3 years of numerous reports, comment periods and multiple implementation plans, ICANN has finally approved the delegation of the first set of IDN ccTLDs as a result of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.  Specifically, the ICANN Board approved:  Delegation of the .рф ("R.F.") domain representing the Russian Federation to Coordination Center for TLD RU Delegation of the السعودية ("Al-Saudia") domain representing Saudi Arabia in Arabic to the Communications and Information Technology Commission Delegation of the امارات ("Emarat") domain representing the United Arab Emirates to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Delegation of the مصر ("Misr") domain representing Egypt to the... Read More


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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More