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Nominet hires venture capitalist as new CEO
Nominet has named Lesley Cowley’s replacement as CEO as Russell Haworth, a Thomson Reuters alum who’s spent much of 2014 working as a venture capitalist. Russell was previously managing director of Thomson Reuters’ Middle East & Africa division. Since January, he’s been a co-founder and partner at Saya Ve... - Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:18
Quitted ICANN director gets old job back
Olga Madruga-Forti, who quit ICANN’s board of directors earlier this month, has gone back to work for the US Federal Communications Commission. I gather that while ICANN was aware of her new job, it was unable to announce the move at the time of her resignation. The FCC said Madruga-Forti will be chief of Strategic […] R... - Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:11
Former pop star is .uk’s 10,000th cybersquatting case
Nominet has processed its 10,000th cybersquatting dispute, according to the company. Conveniently for the .uk registry’s public relations department, the complainant in the case was Aston Merrygold, a well-known former member of the pop group JLS. He won, which was registered to London-based Martyn O’... - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 8:20
gTLD auctions net ICANN another $13m
ICANN has raised another $12.9 million from new gTLD auctions. A small batch of three contention sets — .realty, .salon and .spot — were resolved last Wednesday in the third so-called “last resort” auction. .realty went to Fegistry for $5,588,888, .salon to Donuts for $5,100,575 and .spot to Amazon for $2.2 mi... - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 6:44
Is the free ride over for Verisign’s .net?
Verisign’s .net is on the rocks due to new gTLDs, executives have confirmed. Speaking to investors and analysts on the company’s third-quarter earnings call last week, CFO George Kilguss said that .net “is experiencing some headwinds from the launch of the new gTLD program”. Further comments from Kilguss and C... - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 5:16
ICANN terminates deadbeat registrar
ICANN has started termination proceedings on Domain Services Rotterdam, a Dutch registrar, for failure to pay accreditation fees. The company owes ICANN $5,118.83 in dues but has failed to pay up despite breach notices dating back to May, according to an ICANN termination notice (pdf) Domain Services does not have any gTLD domains un... - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 4:21
ICANN may cancel Morocco meeting over Ebola fear
ICANN may cancel its forthcoming meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, due to fears about the spread of Ebola in Africa. The organization issued a statement last night, after local reports said the decision to cancel had already been made: Following Morocco’s recent request to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament bec... - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 4:5
Why kicking out the .gay “community” was right
Since Dotgay’s application for a Community Priority Evaluation on .gay failed last week, there’s been some unrest among its supporters and in the media. An effort to get #ICANNisBroken trending hasn’t exactly set the Twittersphere alight, but there have been a handful of news stories that attack the CPE decision for... - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:36
Afilias set for $100m London IPO
London’s Alternative Investment Market is fast becoming the stock market of choice for new gTLD registries, with .info mainstay Afilias today announcing an upcoming IPO. The Ireland-based company hopes to raise $100 million by selling off about 30% of the company, giving it a growth war-chest and giving its investors a shot at ... - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:13
Cowley, one foot out of the industry, joins Architelos
Former Nominet CEO Lesley Cowley has become a consultant for Architelos, as part of a raft of domain and non-domain industry positions she’s taken on. Primarily, Cowley has become chair of the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency — a public-sector role with a vague conceptual relationship with domain names (ie, ... - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:40
Two-letter domains to be released in new gTLDs
New gTLD registries will be able to release all two-character strings in their zones, following an ICANN decision last week. The ICANN board of directors voted on Thursday to instruct ICANN’s executive to develop and implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character domains currently required to be reserved in t... - Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7:11
Another ICANN director mysteriously quits
ICANN director Olga Madruga-Forti unexpectedly quit the board last week. ICANN did not give an explanation for her sudden departure, which came toward the end of the ICANN 51 public meeting in Los Angeles. The Argentinian telco lawyer’s resignation means she will miss the third and final year of her appointed three-year term. H... - Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:23
EU IDN not banned after all
The European Union request for the Greek-script ccTLD .ευ has not been thrown out, according to ICANN. Last week DI reported that .ευ was the only one of three IDN ccTLD requests — the other two being Bulgaria’s .бг and Greece’s .ελ — to fail a test for confusing similarity on appeal. .ευ was found […] ... - Monday, October 20, 2014 - 5:2
Two new gTLD confusion decisions thrown out
ICANN has reopened the contention sets for .cam and .通販 after deciding that two String Confusion Objection panels may have been wrong to reject certain applications. Two rulings — that .cam is confusingly similar to .com and that .通販 is confusingly similar to .shop (really) — will now head to an appeals panel for a [̷... - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 9:59
Bulgaria and Greece win IDN ccTLDs on appeal
Campaigns in Bulgaria and Greece to get ICANN to un-reject their Cyrillic and Greek-script ccTLD requests have proven successful. The first decisions handed down by ICANN’s new Extended Process Similarity Review Panel this week said Bulgaria’s .бг and Greece’s .ελ are not “confusingly similar” to other c... - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 8:48
GAC elects Swiss rep as new chair
ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has elected Thomas Schneider of the Swiss government as its new chair. The unprecedented, one-nation-one-vote secret ballot election at the ICANN 51 public meeting in Los Angeles today saw Schneider beat Lebanon’s Imad Hoballah by 61 votes to 37. He will take over from Canadian incu... - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 15:55
Donuts sells millionth domain name
Donuts today sold its millionth domain name, according to a company press release. The name, according to Donuts, was I’m not saying wasn’t the one millionth name, but I reckon that if the one millionth name had been, I’d still be looking at a press release talki... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:9
Iceland yanks Islamic State domain
Iceland’s ccTLD operator has suspended one or more domain names affiliated with Islamic State, the terrorist group currently running riot in parts of Iraq and Syria. ISNIC runs .is, which matches the IS acronym. In a statement on its web site, the company said: ISNIC has suspended domains that were used for the website of [R... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 7:43
Governments totally cool with two-letter domains
ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee does not plan to advise against the release of two-character domain names in new gTLDs. In fact, judging by a GAC discussion at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles yesterday, the governments of many major nations are totally cool with the idea. Under the standard Registry Agreement for new gTLD regis... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 7:32
“Send registrars to jail!”, ICANN hears
ICANN is ramping up its focus on contractual compliance in the midst of calls for domain industry offenders to “go to jail”. CEO Fadi Chehade yesterday revealed that he has has promoted chief contracting counsel Allen Grogan to the newly created role of chief contract compliance officer. Grogan, who Chehade has worked wit... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 5:25

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