Twitter could be planning to apply for its own brand gTLD .Twitter according to an article published by TrademarksandBrandsOnline.com for the second round of new gtld expansion. This being a lingering interest from many big firms, could be a promise for a probable surge in new gTLD applications. Given how ICANN has managed the first round of the applications, it could be unlikely that a second round would be coming soon. Stephen Coates is trademark counsel for the social media giant, he told TrademarksandBrandsOnline.com that he doesn’t know exactly which extensions they would apply for, but that he would imagine .Twitter being high on the list. Interestingly Coates said the jury was still out on whether or not there are marketing benefits by using a new gtld, but he did think there we
DCA has called for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN, following the final IRP ruling. Here is DCA Trust's response after the ICANN board's resolution and interpretation of the IRP report. The DCA response contained most of the points that would have addressed some of the recent developments on ICANN' reaction to the IRP ruling and public comments. Immediately after the IRP Ruling ICANN was found to have redacted most of the incriminating details, the contents of ICANN’s role in failing DCA before the Initiation evaluation. The report in summary is well detailed in this 3 series blog. John Jeffrey, ICANN’s Counsel wrote a Blog titled “.AFRICA IRP Declaration – Clearing Up Some Facts” , which was was meant to explain the reasons behind the redactions and reaction of public opi
Just this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce gave an update that it would postpone plans to Africa transition oversight of an ICANN till September 2016. The government body also said it plans to renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for one year. The main reason is that some US lawmakers have raised concerns about the plan to hand over the stewardship of the ICANN to a global multi-stakeholder body, as they fear it could allow foreign governments that do not adhere to principles of free speech to influence the body. The proposed model could also be facing implementation problems and as such "It has become increasingly apparent over the last few months that the community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by ...
ICANN’s new gTLD guidebook clearly specified how its contractors were supposed to act with competence, and also independently to assure best quality performance in the evaluation of the 1930 new gTLD applications that were submitted under the new gTLD program. The outcome of an Independent Review Panel however indicates otherwise in one of the most controversial applications under the ICANN new gTLD program. The discovery process of the .Africa IRP which pitted DCA Trust against ICANN showed a wide array of underhand dealings between InterConnnect Communications, the independent firm that was contracted to review geographic names and ICANN staff that were guided to ensure that ICANN’s choice, ZACR got the string and not DCA Trust. Here is an excerpt from the new gTLD Applicant Guideb
It’s been known for quite a bit of time the importance of a domain name and its ability to provide businesses with search ranking advantages. Writes Alvin Brown I’m sure if business owners would have known the outcome of the Internet and the .com craze of the mid 90’s some twenty years ago, I’m sure most would give thousands of dollars to go back in time to have purchase their premium .com of choice when they were free or cost a few hundred dollars. There were millions and millions of domains and keywords floating around with little to no financial investment. You just simply had to be a risk taker, gambler, or saw just a glimpse of what the Internet could and would become. It’s always difficult to predict and know the future from where we stand today, although it is much easier to tak
There are 276 million domain names already registered, which makes securing an original one a tricky task. For those who have attempted to buy a domain ending in '.com'or 'co.uk' recently, you may well have found that your first choice domain name was unavailable. Demand for new domains isn't slowing down – in the first quarter of last year, an additional five million domain names were added to the internet. The increasing need for new domain names, along with a shift in internet browsing styles, has spurred some significant changes in the domain name world. At the close of 2013, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved 617 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) for the internet to go live through to the end of 2015, and it will continue to introduce hund
When asked by a domain name exchange whether their companies are really into the domain name market these days, a huge number of American respondents said no. Reports By Scott M. Fulton, III It's very rare that a consumer survey sponsored by a company providing a service to those consumers sounds a warning about the diminishing value of a chunk of that very service. Back in 2012, ICANN launched its program to introduce generic top-level domains, or gTLD, into the Internet's domain name system creating potentially endless new namespaces for registrants to secure their brands. With new gTLDs compartmentalized by subject matter or industry category (.coffee, .food, .invest), others being truly generic (.shop, .store) and others just plain ridiculous (.whatever)--the original promise was to
The controversy surrounding the dotAfrica TLD has taken an interesting turn following an announcement that ICANN had entered into an agreement with ZA Central Registry NPC – also known as Registry.Africa – to operate the “.africa” top-level domain. ICANN has on Monday 24 2014 signed a registry agreement with the ZA Central Registry NPC trading as Registry.Africa to operates the .africa top-level domain. The agreement comes even as DotConnectAfrica is going through ICANN’s own Independent IRP process. The IRP which is a proceeding provided for in Article IV, Section 3 of the ICANN Bylaws, by which any person materially affected by a decision or action of the ICANN Board may request that the action be reviewed by an independent third party for consistency with the ICANN Bylaws and/or Art
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) thinks .sucks, one of hundreds of new generic top-level domains being considered for the Internet by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, should not be approved because it will undermine the credibility of Icann's gTLD expansion. The only apparent purpose of .sucks, Rockefeller says, is to extract defensive registration payments from Internet users, unfairly defaming individuals, organizations and businesses. "A gTLD like 'sucks' has little or no socially redeeming value and it reinforces many people's fears that the purpose of gTLD expansion is to enrich the domain name industry rather than benefit the broader community of Internet users," Rockefeller wrote in a letter to Stephen Crocker, chairman of the Icann board of directors. A numbe...
The dotafrica domain has been staged for more delays as both applicants Uniforum ZACR and DotConnectAfrica Trust are facing various delays in processing their respective applications. The domain is among the 1930 that were applied for in early 2012. Currently ICANN has put over 100 new top level domains in the root ready for delegation. In Africa, several activities have seriously affected the normal programming of a domain delegation, Uniforum ZACR despite giving too much hope to applicants in the beginning of 2014 are facing numerous hitches. Late 2013, South Africa’s Uniforum ZA Central Registry (ZACR) had announced that it expected the commencement of the .africa ‘sunrise’ phase in March 2013. However recent reports indicate that the planned sunrise launch of the .africa internet dom