ICANN70: At the crossroads of different policy development processes

Initially scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico, like ICANN67 , the recent summit on Internet governance was once again held entirely by videoconference due to the global health situation. The PDPs, the Policy Development Processes, were the main thread of this summit. The PDP, Policy Development Process, is the central community mechanism used by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (Gnso), the body responsible for policy developments on generic domain names, to propose new requirement... Read More

Opening of the sunrise phase of the .FORUM

The .FORUM is an interesting new extension to exploit and secure. Here is the launching schedule: Sunrise Phase: November 16, 2020 – December 16, 2020 General Availability: March 02, 2021, on a first come, first served basis! For more information on the conditions of registration of your .FORUM, please contact your Nameshield consultant . ... Read More

Launch of the new gTLD .CONTACT

Launched by the Donuts registry, this .CONTACT extension is interesting, particularly for the contact pages of your websites. This extension is also part of the TrueName program created by the Donuts registry: when registering a domain name in .CONTACT, Donuts will also protect the typographical alternatives of your brand by blocking them, thus preventing some phishing attempts through the registration by a third party of a typographically similar name (ex.: loulou.contact vs l0ulou.contact). Re... Read More

.EU: Brexit and UK citizens, what will happen at the end of the transition period ending on 31/12/2020

Last January, we indicated that we would keep you informed of the expected updates from Eurid regarding the conditions of registration of the .EU for UK citizens following the Brexit. Eurid has indeed announced that from January 1st, 2021, it will NO LONGER allow the registration of any new domain name by UK holders. The registry will also refuse the update of a domain name to a UK registrant. Registrants who do not comply with these rules will be notified as of 21/12/2020. The new eligibility c... Read More

New launching dates for the .GAY

In our article of January 24, 2020, we announced the launch of the .GAY by the TOP LEVEL DESIGN registry. This extension is intended for individuals, organizations, businesses supporting the LGBTQ community. It will increase their visibility and create a safe online space. Originally scheduled for May 20, the date of general availability has been postponed to September 16, 2020. Currently in Sunrise II Phase, here are the new launching dates: Second Sunrise phase (period opened to any trademark... Read More

Modification of registration conditions in .DZ – Register the equivalent in .TM.DZ to keep control!

The Algerian registry has changed its registration conditions quite restrictively. These changes also affect already registered domain names: The applicant must now be “an entity established in Algeria, having legal representation in Algeria”. This means that holders or applicants holding only an Algerian brand and who cannot justify a local presence in Algeria will have to move towards the registration of a .TM.DZ domain name. Please note, registering a .TM.DZ domain name opens an ... Read More

.ORG News – ICANN rejects the sale of the .ORG Registry to Ethos Capital

The news came on 30 April through a press release from the ICANN Board announcing that it had taken the decision to reject the sale of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .ORG registry, to the private equity firm Ethos Capital. For reminder, at the end of 2019, the announcement of the sale of the .ORG registry to Ethos Capital created a real debate and caused several concerns from NGOs, such as the increase of .ORG prices and the implementation of rights protection policies that could lead to a ... Read More

Choosing the right TLD based on DNS performance

Comparative analysis of the famous Top Level Domains (.com, .fr…) The crux of the war for high-visibility websites is the download time. As a natural referencing factor admitted by Google, this download time can be significantly impacted during DNS resolution. If it is necessary to rely on a first-class DNS infrastructure, the choice of the extension associated with a domain name is important. Indeed, not all registries perform equally well in terms of DNS, not to say that some have disapp... Read More

Abandoned domain names vs renewed domain names: any observations?

As a registrar, Nameshield has an accurate view of the typology of abandoned domain names and domain names kept by their holders when they clean up their portfolio. As in all sectors of activity, phenomena that could be said to be “trendy” can even be seen in cybersquatting and therefore in domain names that are abandoned or maintained. Let’s take the example of typosquatting, there was a time when it was essential to register domain names that included your trademark with as m... Read More

.ORG News – ICANN delays again the sale of the .ORG Registry

A few months ago, in previous articles, we mentioned the sale by Internet Society of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .ORG registry, to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm. The .ORG is the reference extension for non-profit organizations and the .ORG registry represents more than 10.5 million domains. For reminder, the announcement of the sale of the registry caused several concerns in the NGO community. In front of these many complaints, ICANN had already postponed the approval of the .ORG ... Read More