Tag: Top-Level Domains

Think ICANN Will End Up Rolling in New gTLD Cash? Think Again!

By Stéphane Van Gelder on CircleID. January 2014. The first registry contracts have been signed. The first Sunrise priority registration periods have been opened. The new gTLD program is well on the way. So maybe now, at last, we can start to find out the real costs of opening up the Internet root? And how much revenue doing so has brought ICANN! Short answer: ICANN has taken in USD 344.958 million from the first round of new gTLD applications. The figure comes from the first of ICANN's quarterly financial statements, covering the three months up until September 30th. With an initial 1,930 applications received, round one actually netted ICANN $359.994 million. But subsequent reimbursements at percentages of 80, 70 and 35 of the total $185,000 application fee meant that $15.037 million

2013 Domain Name Year in Review

By Elisa Cooper, Director of Product Marketing at MarkMonitor. Elisa Cooper also contributes to the MarkMonitor weblog located here. Well folks, it's that time of year again. It's time for our countdown of the top 10 biggest domain stories for 2013. And while my predictions from last year were accurate, in that we did see a record number of registry and registrar breaches, I had no idea that this year's biggest story would even appear on the list. So with that said, let's get started. #10 – Registry Security Vulnerabilities Exposed With 23 registry security breaches in this last year, the number of incidents reached an all-time high. Popular ccTLD registries such as .CN (China), .BE (Belgium) and .MY (Malaysia) were all impacted by issues arising from DDoS, Social Engineering and Brute

ICANN@15: Born in the USA – But Will It Stay?

Governance, Internet
This article was originally intended to be a short one focused on indications that ICANN was exploring the establishment of a legal nexus outside the United States and discussing what that might mean — and whether it was consistent with the Affirmation of Commitments (AOC) entered into with the United States in 2009. Then, as completion neared, came the sudden and nearly simultaneous release of the October 7th Montevideo Statement and the announcement two days later of a proposed 2014 Brazil "Summit" focused on restructuring Internet governance. At that point the task vastly expanded. So now this is intended to be an in-depth discussion of the broad and complex implications of these initiatives. It provides extensive and sometimes lengthy quotes from key individuals and documents so that r

9 out of 10 US Small Businesses Prefer A .Com says Verisign

A study conducted by According to a recent survey of millions of consumers by Weebly, 56 percent said they do not trust a business without a website,Moreover, Internet Retailer recently reported that online research is critical for driving traffic to physical stores. And Forrester Research predicts sales influenced by the Web in 2014 will reach $1.409 trillion. With more than 25 million businesses around the globe online, those without an online presence are at a clear disadvantage.   Verisign commissioned this research from Merrill Research to glean insight into the motivations, perceived benefits and barriers, and preferences of small businesses around the world for creating an online presence with the intent of helping those small businesses that have not yet brought their business...

DCA Registry Services Kenya among participants of the 2nd African IGF

The second African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) successfully concluded. The conference was held from 24-26 September 2013 at the Multimedia University, Nairobi Kenya. The AfIGF conference was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the IGF Secretariat in cooperation with the Kenyan government among other stakeholders. DCA Registry Services Kenya delegates also attended the conference and contributed to important discussions and pertinent proceedings. In his opening address that was communicated via a recorded video message, Fade Chehade, ICANN's President & CEO noted that the African IGF is an important forum to discuss the issues that affect the world through the common resource called the Internet. He continued that the Internet has brought s...

GAC, Inside Out: When GAC Members Abuse ICANN Procedures…

This post was  first Published by CircleID on behalf of the author who has requested to remain anonymous. There is no doubt that the new gTLD program has been the most encouraging revolutionary program in the history of internet. As everybody expected, there have been lots of positive and negative insights about this program in recent years and during the process of development of the program, pushing ICANN to be very conservative in its program in order to satisfy all internet stakeholders. A very tangible result of this conservation can be seen in the gTLD Applicant Guidebook (AGB), in which 2 out of 5 modules of the guidebook describe the objection and string confusion procedures (module 3 and 4). As mentioned by ICANN, The objection process is intended to afford businesses, individu