South Africa’s ZACR reportedly suspends thousands of org.za domains

South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR) the company tasked with administering second-level domains of the .ZA namespace  that includes .org.za has reportedly suspended thousands of org.za domains this week due to them not being transferred from a legacy system to ZACR-accredited Registrars. The suspended domains all org.za names that had not migrated across to new Registrars  …

Russia Disputed Against Removal of Crimean Domains in ICANN

Singapore, February 11, 2015. — Julia Elanskaya, Deputy Director of Department on International Collaboration of Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, made an official statement on 52nd meeting of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), opened at the beginning of the week in Singapore. She paid attention to recent decision of American registrar, …

Mali Gives Millions of Malians a New Internet Identity

  BAMAKO, Mali–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mali, one of the largest countries in West Africa, has introduced the .ML domain name registry today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a new Malaysian domain extension. AGETIC, the governmental agency responsible for Mali’s public infrastructure, is using new technologies to offer domain name registrations to all individuals and businesses in Malaysia …

Guinea-Bissau’s ccTLD starts working

  The top-level domain(.GW) of Guinea-Bissau is already working, the National Regulatory Authority (ARN) , responsible for the telecommunications sector in the country, said Wednesday in Bissau.   The process was launched with the support of DNS.pt association, responsible for Portugal’s top-level domain Portugal (.PT) and which works in this area with other African countries …

India’s Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to unveil dot Bharat domain name

  Minister of Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be unveiling the dot Bharat domain name on August 21 in New Delhi to facilitate multi-lingual Internet access, NIXI chief executive Dr Govind told ET.   The autonomous body National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) …

Kurds want a country code top-level domain

Kurdish organizations have sent a request to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in an attempt to obtain an ccTLD for the Kurdistan Region.   Every country has its own code: (.DE) for Germany, (.SE) for Sweden, (.IR) for Iran, etc. However, this code is not unique to countries, and can also …

Carwyn Jones announces Welsh Government to switch to ‘.cymru’ and ‘.wales’ and drop .gov.uk

  First Minister Carwyn Jones this morning announced that the Welsh Government will drop the “.gov.uk” internet domain name and adopt “.wales” and “.cymru”.   Speaking at a major conference of Icann, the body which coordinates the internet’s global domain name system, Mr Jones said he was “thrilled that Wales will finally have a natural …