ICANN ICC denies Community Objections to .Islam and .Halal

Two separate ICC panels have denied the objections to the new gTLD’s .Islam and .Halal finding that although there “opposition to Respondent’s application to some extent, but such opposition is not substantial”.Although they were two separate opinions both shares a lot of the same finding and drew the same conclusions:   Here are the relevant …

Surveillance a major concern at conclusion of UN-backed Bali IGF forum

While reaffirming the need to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, the United Nations-backed forum on the issue, known as the IGF, concluded today in Bali, Indonesia with an acknowledgement that surveillance is the major emerging issue of the year. Over four days, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), set up to support Secretary-General Ban …

ICANN begins new gtld suffixes roll out with Chinese, Cyrillic and Arabian script

The first-ever non-Latin language website address domains are on their way, the Internet’s overlords said Wednesday.   Online domains in which website addresses would end with words in Chinese, Russian, or Cyrillic have been approved according to the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).   “It’s happening – the biggest change to …

Premiere IDN New gTLDs cleared for Delegation

The first four domains from ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domains Program which are  Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) were cleared to proceed to delegation. This marks the start of a measured roll out of new gTLDs, which are designed to expand opportunities for businesses, communities and Internet users around the world.   These first new gTLDs, …

Vatican bags “.Catholic” in four languages

Pope Francis and the Vatican are at the helm of an internet name revolution as the industry opens the doors to tens of thousands of personalised websites   The Pope is at the helm of an internet revolution as the Vatican becomes the first organisation to launch a new domain name under revamped rules. It …