Last month, some of my colleagues at MarkMonitor and I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina for ICANN 48.  With the recent delegation and launch of the first new gTLDs, the atmosphere had an air of both excitement and anxiety.  In my opinion, there is much to be done before brand owners should begin to feel comfortable in the post-new gTLD Internet environment, which brings a host of new challenges, as companies attempt to scale monitoring and enforcement to the new (huge) domain name space. Thankfully, we made some important progress in a few key areas that impact the work we do... Read More
Over the last 5 years, hacktivists have continued the practice of redirecting well-known domain names to politically motivated websites utilizing tactics such as SQL injection attacks and social engineering schemes to gain access to domain management accounts – and that, in and of itself, is not surprising. But what IS surprising is the fact that less than 15% of the 500 most highly trafficked domains in the world are not utilizing Registry Locking. Granted, Registry Locking is only available across 356 of the top 500 most highly trafficked domains, as not all Registries offer this service. Registry Locking provides an additional... Read More
In an attempt to appease the Governmental Advisory Committee, ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee directed ICANN staff to amend the Registry Agreement so that all New gTLD Registries will be required to include a provision in its Registry-Registrar Agreement that requires Registrars to include in their Registration Agreement a provision prohibiting Registered Name Holders from distributing malware, abusively operating botnets, phishing, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement, fraudulent or deceptive practices, counterfeiting or otherwise engaging in activity contrary to applicable law, and providing (consistent with applicable law and any related procedures) consequences for such activities including suspension of the domain name. The... Read More
With the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) expected to begin accepting submissions within the next month or so, many companies are now attempting to identify marks for inclusion. As a reminder, the TMCH is a centralized repository of validated rights which will be used in support of ICANN’s New gTLD Program. Submissions to the TMCH enable brand owners to register their trademarks as domain names during so-called Sunrise Periods. To participate in any New gTLD Sunrise, marks must be validated by the TMCH. In addition, the TMCH provides notifications to brand owners when an exact-match domain name registration is made during the first... Read More
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

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