.xperia among 3 more new gTLDS to be culled by ICANN

Sony Mobile Communications AB and two other companies have requested ICANN to cancel their registry contracts after ditching plans to operate their dot-brand top level domain names. .Xperia by Sony is a line of mobile phones. The company is still releasing phones under this brand but probably doesn’t need a top level domain name for …

European Commission suggests Police could soon have restricted WHOIS access

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law. Law enforcement authorities have complained to the Commission about plans to change the system in May because …

Donuts Acquires .TRAVEL Domain

SEATTLE, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Donuts Inc., the global leader in new top-level Internet domains, today announced it has acquired the .TRAVEL domain name from registry operator Tralliance Registry Management Company. The .TRAVEL domain becomes Donuts’ 239th TLD, and the centerpiece of an already-robust portfolio of travel domains that includes:  .CITY, .CRUISES, .FLIGHTS, .GUIDE, .HOLIDAY, .IRISH, …

Australian Government orders review of the .au Domain Administration

The Australian Government has ordered a review into the operations of the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA. The order to could coming after 2 years or turmoil and mismanagement and that the government has had enough of the unending organization disputes. The Minister’s statement says that since auDA was established in 2000 “the digital …

Internet Grows to 331.9 Million Domain Registrations in the Second Quarter of 2017

VeriSign a global leader in domain names and internet security, has today announced that approximately 1.3 million domain name registrations were added to the internet in the second quarter of 2017, bringing the total number of domain name registrations to approximately 331.9 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of June 30, 2017.1 The increase …

.Africa Game on – Case will proceed to Trial

Earlier this year in February ICANN announced that it was free to proceed with the delegation of .AFRICA domain following a Court decision that denied DotConnectAfrica’s (DCA’s) Motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the delegation of the .AFRICA generic top-level domain (gTLD) to ZA Central Registry (ZACR). The case had been remanded to State court …

ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee Announces Selections from Over 99 applications

01 September 2017 – The ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee has announced its selections for eight leadership positions within ICANN. The selections include: ICANN Board of Directors Avri Doria (North America) Sarah Deutsch (North America) At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Hadia Elminiawi (Africa) Kaili Kan (Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands) Richardo Holmquist (Latin America, Caribbean Islands) Council of …