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Domain Name News – .CA Registry Lock, 271 Million Domains Worldwide

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:

“With Registry Lock, a domain name is locked at the registry level. Any request to have the domain name redirected, its information altered, or its ownership transferred to another party cannot proceed without verification through the domain’s sponsoring Registrar and CIRA. In order to perform updates to a locked .CA domain name, a series of specific person-to-person authentication and verification protocols must be followed.”

Domain Name Registrations Reach 271 Million Worldwide – According to VeriSign’s recent Domain Name Industry Brief, the year 2013 ended with more than 271 million domain name registrations worldwide, an annual growth of 18.5 million or 7.3%. The annual growth as reported a year ago was 26.6 million or 11.8%. Total ccTLD registrations were 123 million, a 12% year-over-year increase. The ten largest domains are: .com, .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .net, .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .cn (China), .info, .ru (Russian Federation), and .nl (Netherlands). The .tk domain has moved up two rankings since last year, and the .ru domain has moved up one.

Picks To Click

  • ICANN has posted that as of April 18, 386 new gTLD Registry Agreements have been signed, an increase of 18 since March 28. A total of 1105 applicants have been invited to Contracting.
  • SIDN, the registry for The Netherlands’ .nl domain, has published its 2013 Annual Report.
  • NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, takes place on April 23-24.
  • The Internet Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees.


  • Sun, Jun 22 – Thu, Jun 26: ICANN meetings in London
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