CIRA Launches Registry Lock for .CA – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced the launch of Registry Lock, a service “of particular value to high-traffic, high-transaction websites”. According to CIRA:
ICANN’s 49th meeting was held in Singapore last week. As described in ICANN’s press release, the meeting “was dominated by discussions stemming from the recent announcement by the U.S. Government that it wants to transfer stewardship of some vital Internet technical functions to provide for global accountability.”
U.S. Government To Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has announced “its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.”
CIRA To Fund Canadian Internet Enhancement Projects – As part of its Community Investment Program, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced that it will provide up to $1,000,000 this year to community groups, not-for-profits, and academic institutions for “projects they can demonstrate will enhance the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians.” Qualifying funding amounts may range from $25,000 to $100,000. The application period runs from February 3 until February 28.
.UK Registry To Introduce Post-Registration Domain Name Screening – Nominet, the .uk registry, has announced that it will institute “a system of post-registration domain name screening, within 48 hours of registration, for domain names that appear to signal or encourage serious sexual offences.” The change follows from a recent policy review by the UK’s former Director of Public Prosecutions, Lord Ken Macdonald.
New gTLD Delegations Continue, First City TLD Activated – The activation of new generic Top Level Domains continues. As of January 3, 82 new gTLDs have been delegated into the root zone, an increase of 47 since December 10. Included in the most recent batch is the first city gTLD, .wien, for the Austrian capital Vienna.
ICANN Considers .Brand Top-Level Domains – ICANN has posted a proposal to make changes to the ICANN Registry Agreement relating to “.brand” TLDs. Among the changes would be permission for the .brand registry to exclusively use a chosen registrar or registrars, rather than being required to be available through all ICANN accredited registrars. Public comments on the proposal are being sought until January 9.
ICANN Meeting in Buenos Aires – ICANN’s 48th public meeting wrapped up last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two of the main themes were the New gTLD Program and Internet governance.
New Generic Top-Level Domains Delegated – The first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in ICANN’s New gTLD Program have been delegated, or entered into the root zone of the Internet. The operators of these domains can now make the final arrangements required to offer domain names under the new TLDs available for registration. The new TLDs are in Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic scripts. They are:
Sunrise For Some New gTLDs May Start On October 29 – The Donuts domain name registry has reportedly announced that the Sunrise period for nine of the new gTLDs it has applied for may start on October 29. The domains are: .camera, .clothing, .equipment, .guru, .holdings, .lighting, .singles, .ventures and .voyage. The launch date is an estimate depending on the IANA root server delegation process. The Sunrise periods, intended for trademark and similar rights holders, are slated for 60 days. Landrush might begin as soon as late December or early in 2014, with General Availability to follow.
CIRA Announces 2013 Board of Directors Election Results – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced that Rowena Liang, Louise Macdonald, Kevin McArthur, and Rob Villeneuve have been elected to its Board of Directors. A total of 2236 votes were cast, and a complete list of candidates and vote counts has been posted. Long time Director Paul Andersen stepped down this year. Mr. Andersen first joined the CIRA Board in 2001, and he has been the organization’s longest serving Chair.
CIRA Election Slate Finalized; Campaign Forum Under Way – With shows of support now complete for Members’ nominees for the CIRA Board of Directors election, the final slate of candidates has been published. The online campaign forum has commenced and will run until noon ET on September 16. Online voting takes place from September 16 until September 23.
Member Nominees Seek Shows Of Support For CIRA Election – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has published the names and statements of Member Nominees in the forthcoming CIRA Board of Directors election. To be included on the ballot, a nominee must receive the support of at least 20 CIRA Members. This year, a CIRA Member may show support for one nominee. Shows of Support may be registered until 6:00 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 4.
Canadian Internet Forum And CIRA Annual General Meeting To Be Held In Montreal – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), registry operator for Canada’s .CA domain, is combining the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) and CIRA’s 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. The combined event will be held in Montreal on Monday, September 16. A number of industry leaders and experts are scheduled to participate, including:
ICANN Releases Reports On Name Collisions And Dotless Domains – ICANN has released two reports which will are likely to affect aspects of the New gTLD Program. One report is on “name collisions” within the Domain Name System, i.e. situations in which names used in some private networks are the same as names applied for as new gTLDs. The report finds that the possibility of confusion is low for 80% of the applied-for names and high for two names: .corp and .home. For the remaining 20%, further study is to be done.