.ORG news – NGOs against the .ORG registry’s sale to Ethos Capital

At the end of 2019, the announcement of the .org registry’s sale, Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Internet Society to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm, created a debate, which was also the subject of a previous article on this blog. For reminder, this announcement caused several concerns from NGOs, such as the increase of .ORG prices and the implementation of rights protection policies that could lead to a form of censorship, as is already the practice in some countries. These fears led El... Read More

The launch of 8 new extensions for India

.IN Registry launches new Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) in Indian Language. IDN registrations will begin on March 16th 2020 and listed as below: Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) .ಭಾರತ .ଭାରତ   .ভাৰত    .भारतम्   .भारोत  .بارت     .ڀارت        .ഭാരതം      Language Kannada Oriya Assamese Sanskrit Santali Kashmiri Sindhi Malayalam The launch sch... Read More

Municipal elections 2020: buzyn2020.fr and buzyn2020.paris domain names redirect towards Anne Hidalgo’s campaign

Following the announcement on Sunday February 16, of Agnès Buzyn’s candidacy to Paris municipal elections, several political journalists discovered on Monday that the domain name buzyn2020.fr was registered but redirected towards “Paris en commun”, the campaign website of another candidate, Anne Hidalgo. Several other names were registered on Sunday night, also redirecting towards Paris en commun’s homepage like buzyn2020.paris, agnesbuzyn2020.fr and agnesbuzyn2020.com. If several of these names... Read More

ICANN67 – COVID19 : 0-1

The 67th annual ICANN Summit, a summit dedicated to Internet naming regulations, was to be held in Cancún, Mexico, from 7th to 12th March. Often referred to by the acronym ICANN67, it is finally another acronym COVID19 that designates the now famous coronavirus that forced ICANN to reconsider all the logistics of this major event. Since 1999, ICANN has organised three annual meetings devoted to the regulations applicable to Internet naming and a fourth devoted to more operational aspects, often ... Read More

Grandfathering registrations of a .TW in Chinese characters are opened for .TW domain names’ holders

The .TW registry (TWNIC) offers grandfathering registrations for holders of existing ASCII.TW domains that wish to register the same ASCII domain under .台灣 (.xn--kpry57d). Before the official opening, TWNIC provides priority registration for registrants who meet the eligibility requirements. For example, twnic.tw can be registered for twnic.台灣 in the grandfathering period. The following eligibility criteria apply and are checked by the registry: The creation date for ACSII.tw should be earlier ... Read More

BREXIT – The plan of the .EU for UK citizens

Following BREXIT, Eurid (.EU registry) had recently updated its Domain names Registration Policy, by modifying the conditions of attribution of a .EU domain name for the British and Gibraltarians, according to the plan below: * From 1st November 2019, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name where the registrant’s residence or establishment country code is either GB or GI, unless the citizenship country code of the registrant corresponds to an EU27 Member State. * On 24 Octob... Read More

The launch of .GAY is close

On June 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots, which marked the birth of the LGBTQ rights movements, the first Gay Pride parades took place in many US cities to claim liberty, equality and denounce prejudice, persecution, bigotry and hate. Fifty years later, with the launch of the new extension .GAY by the registry TOP LEVEL DESIGN, a new digital space is created for the LGBTQ community. This extension is thus intended for individuals, organizations, businesses supporting the LGBTQ community... Read More

Why is the sale of .ORG registry a source of debate?

In November 2019, a press release announced that .ORG registry, Public Interest Registry (PIR), a non-profit organization managed by Internet Society, is going to be sold off to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm. .ORG is the extension for non-profit organizations. The acquisition of PIR by Ethos has quickly concerned the organizations using .ORG, on the basis of the potential misuse of the extension by its new owner, which has, by its very nature, profit motives. The concern? That the registr... Read More

Cyprus: Registrations of first level .CY domain name are opened

The .CY registry announces the registration of first level .cy domain names, i.e.domainname.cy The owners of second level registered domain names, can also apply for the same domain names with a first level extension .CY. Please note that the 2019 Decree does not provide for commitment on any domain names and thus, all requests will be examined on First Come First Served basis. To submit a request, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support. ... Read More

General availability of .MADRID as of December 17, 2019

The general availability of .MADRID, the geographical extension of Madrid, the capital city of Spain is near. Managed by the Comunidad de Madrid registry, this extension was launched last April following the calendar below: Launching schedule APL period (Approved Launch Program): from 11/04/2019 to 06/06/2019 Sunrise and LRP (Limited Registration Period) period: from 16/07/2019 to 10/12/2019 General availability: from 17/12/2019 Some requirements must be respected to register a .MADRID domain... Read More