TLD News

Icann pushes on with generic TLD plans
Icann has expressed hopes that it will soon be able to begin an expansion of the generic top level domain (TLD) system.
(Quelle: http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2274685/icann-gtld-registrar-domains)

Update on ICANN Board/GAC Consultation on New gTLDS

There is a considerable amount of interest in the upcoming Board/GAC consultation on new gTLDs to be held in Brussels on 28 February and 1 March 2011. This message is intended as an update to information we have already posted on the consultation.
(Quelle: http://blog.icann.org/2011/02/update-on-icann-boardgac-consultation-on-new-gtlds/)

ICANN and UNESCO Working Together Towards Successful Implementation of IDN ccTLDs
ICANN and UNESCO have agreed to work together to further strengthen and promote multilingualism in cyberspace, and facilitate the successful implementation of IDN ccTLDs.
(Quelle: http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-07oct10-en.htm)

ICANN Seeks Input on New High Security Programme Aimed at Selected TLDs
ICANN have requested information from prospective contractors and other interested parties who can assist them and its High Security Top-Level Domain (HSTLD) Advisory Group in assessing and shaping a new programme aimed at increasing security and trust for top-level domain (TLD) registry operators who choose to participate.
(Quelle: http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12420)

Do uncontroversial new TLDs exist?

ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee wants ICANN to drastically scale back the first round of new top-level domain applications, limiting it to “uncontroversial” strings.
(Quelle: http://domainincite.com/do-uncontroversial-new-tlds-exist/)

Athens Plans .Athens Top Level Domain Name
Municipality wants .athens, but may run into challenges with trademark application. Add Athens to the list of municipalities that want to register their own top level domain names.
(Quelle: http://domainnamewire.com/2010/09/28/athens-plans-athens-top-level-domain-name/)

ICANN's Tokyo Meeting Provides a Little More Clarity on the New gTLD Program

(Quelle: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20100827_icann_tokyo_meeting_more_clarity_on_the_new_gtld_program/)

Governments want morality veto on new TLDs
ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee wants to be able to kill off new top-level domain applications on cultural and religious grounds.
(Quelle: http://domainincite.com/governments-want-morality-veto-on-new-tlds/)

More Delay To ICANN Introduction Of New Internet Domains?
Applicants for new top-level internet domains may face another round of discussions before the long-awaited application period for .nyc, .shop or .gay can happen.
(Quelle: http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2010/06/23/more-delay-to-icann-introduction-of-new-internet-domains/)

China gets own-character domains

Chinese people should soon find it easier to browse the web as domain names written in Chinese win approval.
(Quelle: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10432404.stm)

Sex domain gets official approval

Official approval has been given for the creation of an internet domain dedicated to pornography. The board of net overseer Icann gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx domain at its conference in Brussels.
(Quelle: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10412765.stm)

Accountability is the Word at ICANN-Brussels

Everybody involved in Internet governance is in Brussels. It is one of the largest attendances at an ICANN meeting ever. Famous crypto expert Whit Diffie is here as a new ICANN employee and so is DNS developer Paul Mockapetris.
Lawrence Lessig and his sidekick Jon Zittrain are here for the Internet Society Board meeting. Paul Twomey, the former CEO, has come as "a civilian."
The U.S. Commerce Department is out in force, including Larry Strickling. So is the European Commission.
(Quelle: http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2010/21/4559154.html)

Brave New World of New gTLDs to Provide Registry and Business Opportunities
With the domain name landscape to change in the next 12 months with ICANN's probable introduction of new generic Top Level Domains there are a number of companies eyeing how to benefit in the new era.
(Quelle: http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=11643)

More Delay To ICANN Introduction Of New Internet Domains?

BRUSSELS – Applicants for new top-level internet domains may face another round of discussions before the long-awaited application period for .nyc, .shop or .gay can happen.
(Quelle: http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2010/06/23/more-delay-to-icann-introduction-of-new-internet-domains/)

What if they gave a new TLD party and nobody came?
What if ICANN finally, after 12 years, created a process for adding new top level domains to the root -- and nobody qualified to apply?
(Quelle: http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2010/6/1/4542356.html)

International - New domain name issues emerge at INTA meeting
The alarm bells over new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have finally been heard. The sell-out session at the International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting on this topic filled the conference centre's biggest meeting room on Tuesday. With the fourth - and probably final - Draft Applicant Guidebook due to be published imminently, an expert panel covered the entire debate and galvanized support from INTA members previously uninvolved.
(Quelle: http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=4BC5DDF8-A73B-454A-A118-8E9FFD2B33B1)

ccTLD Most Important Factor in Google Location Determination
It's no secret that Google uses several factors to determine where a web site is "located" and thus determine its relevance to each individual searcher. But there has been a lot of debate about which factors are most important.
(Quelle: http://domainnamewire.com/2010/05/18/cctld-most-important-factor-in-google-location-determination/)

.XXX Trademark Owner May Be Harmed If sTLD Is Approved
Now that the comment period for the .XXX sTLD on ICANN's site has ended,
the debate whether to approve ICM's application to sell the domain name
is just heating up.
(Quelle: http://www.xbiznewswire.com/view.php?id=120469)

First IDN ccTLDs now available

Today the first three production non-Latin top-level domains were placed in the DNS root zone. This means they are live! Here is one newly enabled domain with a functional website that works right now:
(Quelle: http://blog.icann.org/2010/05/idn-cctlds/)

ICANN to begin accepting bids for new top-level domain name program
ICANN is expected to start accepting applications for its new gTLDs program towards the end of 2010.
(Quelle: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=aa7d098a-c387-4e79-a555-284c8c07c6c4)

The IDN ccTLD fast-track process & new gTLDs
In November 2009, ICANN launched a “Fast-Track” registration process for proposed Internationalized Domain Names for Country Code Top-Level Domains (“IDN ccTLDs”).
(Quelle: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=8284ee60-a607-4f95-8b42-1c398a063eb7)

New 2LDs Considered for .AU
AuDA, the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .AU
domain space, is currently considering whether to create new second
level domains (2LDs) in the .AU domain space.
(Quelle: http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=11061)

Real-World Testing Strengthens DNSSEC Implementation 
With each new real-world test of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), technologists gain a better understanding of how to maximize the security benefits of DNSSEC while minimizing compatibility and implementation issues. As DNSSEC is deployed ever more broadly, this disciplined commitment to testing will be the key to ensuring that the technology achieves its full potential to strengthen trust and security in the DNS.
(Quelle: http://www.circleid.com/posts/real_world_testing_strengthens_dnssec_implementation/)

Canon first in line for its own .canon top-level domain

Canon announced yesterday that it intends to be the first company to say
goodbye to .com and buy its own top-level domain, taking advantage of
ICANN's decision to broadly widen the number of top-level names. If --
or rather when -- this starts happening, web address conventions may
never be the same.
(Quelle: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-03/18/canon-first-in-line-for-its-own-canon-top-level-domain.aspx)