Chilean Supreme Court Orders NIC Chile To Release Domain Registrant Data, But Plaintiff Withdraws Request After Registrant Outcry

In late October the Supreme Court of Santiago rule in favour of a lawyer who had demanded a listing of .cl domain names and their renewal dates. However on Friday the University of Chile advised the lawyer had withdrawn his request.

The Supreme Court, Chile’s highest court, dismissed NIC Chile’s arguments that the information is confidential and strategic, as well as of having economic value and can be used even for criminal purposes.

In their statement after the ruling, NIC Chile said they disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision and “regret that it prevents us from fulfilling the commitment made to those who register domain names under . CL, which deliver the data requested by NIC Chile understanding that they would be used exclusively for purposes related to the administration of the domain name system.”

NIC Chile said they’re convinced “the mass delivery of domain names to an individual can lead to significant cybersecurity risks of various kinds, both in accessing information that could be made from such domain names, and the possibility that attacks on servers, phishing, spam or others could be facilitated by having such a list. At a time when cybersecurity threats are on the rise, it seems to us a profound mistake to deliver this list to anyone who asks for it, without even asking that you sign a commitment of good use.”

“This vision is consistent with a significant number of domain name managers around the world, who have shared NIC Chile’s fears about the delivery of the domain name listing.”

Likewise, we understand that the delivery of the data affects commercial and economic rights of .cl domain registrants, for which a legal reservation basis is considered to be the case justifying the refusal of IASC Chile.

But in their ruling the Supreme Court argued that the data is already public in nature, albeit individually, and is available through the university’s mechanisms. The difference is that the CPLT requests that they all be delivered in a single file, with no more information than the name of each domain.

This situation was analysed extensively by members of the NGO Digital Rights, which has already indicated on social networks that people can refuse to hand over this information by invoking Article 21(2) due to privacy concerns. So the .cl ccTLD registry aske the almost 600,000 registrants whether they supported delivering the registrant data or not.

The email read ‘NIC Chile has received a request for information under the Law on Access to Public Information (No. 20,285), presented by Mr. Jorge Delgado, by which we are asked to deliver: ‘A list of all domain names purchased through the nic.cl portal and currently in force. I don’t need any private data, only domain names in Excel format, with their expiration date’.

But hours later, NIC Chile forwarded another email saying Delgado had cancelled his request. Nic Chile said the request had been cancelled following .cl registrants exercising their legal right to object to the delivery of the information.

NIC Chile went on to say that they anticipate future requests for access to domain registrant information and they will be forwarding similar requests when they arrive, apologising in advance for any inconvenience.

NIC Chile went on to say they ‘wish to reiterate that they will use all legal means at their disposal to avoid this and any other bulk delivery of data from the registered domains.”

The above information was taken from online translations of a variety of news reports and statements on the NIC Chile website, all originally in Spanish.

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.PL Domain Market Plateaus As Registration Growth Hard To Find

It’s an issue that many ccTLDs in Europe and other developed markets throughout the world have encountered: new registrations are plateauing, and total registrations are either stable or slightly dropping. And Poland’s .pl is no different.

At the end of September 2019 there were 2,553,759 active domain names, down from 2,585,609 12 months ago, a decline of 31,850 for the year. For the quarter, at the end of June 2019 there were 2,602,326 active domains, a decline of 48,567 for the quarter.

But it’s not as if there aren’t new registrations. In the third quarter there were 170,754 new .pl domain names registered, which means that an average of 1,856 domain names were being registered daily.

Domain names secured with DNSSEC have declined in the last 12 months, down from over 496,000 at the end of September 2018 to almost 465,000 at the end of September 2019.

At the end of the third quarter there were 1,076,157 registrants, which means there was an average, of 2.37 .pl domain names per registrant. During the quarter there were 26,005 changes of .pl domain names registrants.

The vast majority of .pl domain names are registered within Poland, with 93.01% registered within the country while the remaining 6.99% abroad, with the most popular country for the registrant being Germany, accounting for 1.60% of registrants, followed by the UK (0.70%) and USA ( (0.65%).

At the end of September 2019, there were 35,650 .pl domain names with national diacritic signs (Internationalised Domain Names or IDNs), consisting of 1.40% of all names active in the registry. From the beginning of July to the end of September 2019 2,122 IDNs were registered, i.e. 1.24% of all .pl domain names registered during the period under discussion. The number of .pl IDNs increased by 424 in the 12-month period.

Activities highlighted by the .pl registry, NASK, for the quarter were a comprehensive solution for registrars was implemented, cooperating with NASK within the framework of the Partner Programme, consisting in easier implementation of formal and legal changes. The solution, composed of three elements: bulk transfer, merger of accounts and assignment, has been primarily designed to strengthen the security of registrants due to the provision of continual administrative and technical service of .pl domain names in the event of termination of cooperation between the Registry and the registrar.

To download the full report, the Q3.pl domain name market: NASK’s report for the third quarter of 2019, go to: https://www.dns.pl/en/NASK-Q3-2019-REPORT-EN.pdf

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DENIC Enables Newly Registered .DE Domains Within 5 Minutes

With an “optimised technical procedure”, newly registered .de domain names are now live within 5 minutes from registration DENIC has announced. The changes also apply to changes to domain name registrant data.

It means should there be the desire of the registrant, they can get started with creating email addresses and uploading websites, as well as seeing the effects of changed registrant data and name server entries almost immediately.

When a domain name is registered through a registrar, or a reseller, the .de zone file was previously updated every hour, but now the updates happen every minute. With the zone file updates occurring every minute, it means that the updates are much smaller than the hourly zone file that previously occurred.

Nominet Donating £1 To Samaritans With Every New .UK Domain Registration

Nominet is donating £1 to the Samaritans for every new, paid for .uk domain registered from 9 December 2019 until 17 January 2020. Going by new registrations statistics provided by Nominet for 2019, Samaritans is likely to benefit to the tune of around £170,000.

Funds raised through new domain registrations ending in .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .ltd.uk, .plc.uk and .net.uk, will support Samaritans’ work developing its vital webchat service from its pilot stage to launch.

Samaritans is the leading suicide prevention charity in the United Kingdom, and is the only organisation that provides free emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to anyone across the UK and Ireland who is struggling to cope. Nominet, the registry for the .uk country code top-level domain (ccTLD), notes the latest suicide rates in the UK rose for the first time in five years and revealed, in particular, in recent years the rate of suicide in young people has increased.

Samaritans’ webchat pilots have already demonstrated clear evidence of the need for this service, with the charity receiving many first-time contacts from young people in states of severe distress.  The aim is to make the online environment safer for young people by offering them more ways to contact Samaritans, ensuring the charity’s vital services are accessible to everyone and in ways that work best for the user.

“Nominet is already supporting us to build essential new digital products that will enable Samaritans to improve our services and reach more people who need them,” said Francis Bacon, Assistant Director of Digital Services and Change, Samaritans. “We’re very grateful that they have chosen to support us even further with this festive fundraising initiative via .UK domain registrations. The additional contribution will accelerate our ability to bring our webchat pilot to launch, which will be a milestone achievement for the charity as we endeavour to always be there for everyone.”

Nominet is a Samaritans Digital Transformation partner. Earlier this year, Nominet announced it is providing £175,000, in addition to lending their expertise as one of the country’s leading technology companies, to support the development of the two new digital products. These are a self-help tool for coping with distress and suicidal thoughts, and a new system which will allow volunteers to respond to significant volumes of additional contacts. Overall, with a guaranteed minimum contribution from the .UK registration campaign of £140k, Nominet’s total contribution to Samaritans will be over £300k.

In 2018, Nominet supported Children in Need with a similar domain registrations initiative. The funds raised went towards the charity’s projects that use digital or new technology to support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

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PIR Addresses Concerns Over Conflicts And Registry Fee Rises Following Takeover

The announcement in mid-November that Ethos Capital, a private equity company, had bought Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society has caused some outrage from sections of the internet community over possible conflicts of interest and concerns the registry fee for .org domain names could rise significantly. To address these concerns Public Interest Registry put out a statement over the weekend addressing some frequently asked questions about the transaction with responses that they believe should provide additional clarity.

The questions and answers as published on the website PIR set up are as follows:

What is Ethos Capital?

Ethos Capital is an investment company firmly rooted in the belief that prosperity should be built and shared, and that innovation has the power to fuel growth and success for all.  It was founded by Erik Brooks, a seasoned technology investor with extensive knowledge of the domain industry.

The firm’s investment philosophy is to help companies drive growth and transformation by employing new technologies, while maintaining a commitment to operating ethically, responsibly and in the best interests of all stakeholders and the broader community.  The limited partners in Ethos are all U.S. based investors.

Ethos has completed investments in VidMob Inc., Whistle Sports Inc., Adhark Inc. and LiquidX Inc.

What will PIR’s acquisition by Ethos Capital mean for .ORG prices? 

Ethos Capital is committed to keeping .ORG accessible and reasonably priced for all, in line with PIR’s longstanding, purpose-driven mission.

The current price of a .ORG domain name is approximately $10 per year. Our plan is to live within the spirit of historic practice when it comes to pricing, which means, potentially, annual price increases of up to 10 percent on average – which today would equate to approximately $1 per year.

With this construct, .ORG will continue to be one of the most affordable domain names on the market.  We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to provide enhanced services and support to the .ORG Community, and are committed to maintaining .ORG’s position as the natural home for purpose-driven organizations on the Internet. 

What does the acquisition mean for the .ORG Community?

Ethos will continue PIR’s ongoing engagement with the .ORG Community to understand its needs and concerns regarding scope of services, price sensitivities and other matters.  

Ethos is investing in the long-term vitality of .ORG and its users and intends to serve their needs for many years to come.

Ethos has pledged to continually address the needs of the community through expanded registry services to implement privacy regulations, clamp down on SPAM and DNS abuse, as well to undertake activities that support the .ORG Community.  

Is the Internet Community supportive of this transaction?

PIR has received strong support by a number of individuals and organizations throughout the Internet community who / that understand the value of this transaction and the opportunity it will provide to both PIR and the .ORG Community.

Vint Cerf, the former Chairman of the Board of ICANN and founding President of the Internet Society, has publicly said: “I am looking forward to supporting Ethos Capital and PIR in any way I can as they continue to expand the utility of the .ORG top-level domain in creative and socially responsible ways.” 

As expected, concerns that have been raised have mainly been related to pricing. We hope the information we have provided on pricing helps to allay those concerns.

Did Ethos Capital approach the Internet Society about acquiring PIR while PIR was renegotiating its ICANN contract?

Ethos Capital first approached the Internet Society in September 2019, well after PIR’s contract renewal with ICANN had finished.

Was the removal of price restrictions connected to the decision to sell PIR?

No.  All standard registry agreements with ICANN today no longer include price restrictions.  PIR was not for sale at the time the price caps were lifted on .ORG.

The removal of .ORG’s price restrictions earlier this year was not unique to .ORG and was in no way motivated by a desire to sell PIR.

Was Jon Nevett hired by PIR in anticipation of this transaction? 

Jon Nevett was hired because of his extensive industry experience and the Internet Society’s desire to see PIR set the highest standards for a registry operator. Under its new ownership, Jon will remain CEO of PIR.

Is Abry Partners involved in this transaction? 

Abry Partners is not involved in this transaction.  Abry Partners is a private equity firm where Erik Brooks worked for 20 years, prior to leaving and starting Ethos Capital.

Is Fadi Chehade involved in this transaction?

Fadi Chehade’s company, Chehade & Company, is an adviser to Ethos. Chehade & Company is an advisory company with clients across the technology, education and creative sectors.

Mr. Chehade is a board member of Sentry Data Systems and Interactions LLC and serves as an advisory board member of the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Previously he was the President and CEO of ICANN, a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and a Senior Advisor to the Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

How is Ethos Capital planning to protect the interests of the .ORG Community?

Under the new ownership, PIR’s operation of .ORG will continue as usual with the same excellent management team and reliable backend registry operator. There will be no disruption of services to the .ORG Community.  

Both PIR and Ethos Capital are committed to ensuring a smooth and seamless transition, and to continuing the community orientation and strong social purpose of the .ORG and PIR. Ethos is enthusiastic about developing new services and support to serve the .ORG Community.

Will PIR continue its commitment to the .ORG Community now that it will be switching from a nonprofit to a for-profit entity?

Both Ethos Capital and PIR are strongly committed to the success of the .ORG Community.

PIR and Ethos Capital are looking forward to launching several new initiatives aimed at promoting and supporting the .ORG Community, including: 

  • Establishing a Stewardship Council that will serve to uphold PIR’s core founding values and provide support through a variety of community programs;
  • Launching a Community Enablement Fund to support the financing of current and additional initiatives undertaken by key Internet organizations; and 
  • Expanding a program to award .ORG prizes to promote the success and positive impact of non-profit organizations.

In addition, Ethos Capital is currently evaluating an opportunity to seek B Corporation Certification for PIR.

  • The high standards for B Corp Certification are overseen by B Lab’s independent Standards Advisory Council
  • Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. 

The above information was sourced from: keypointsabout.org

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EURid Wins Domains Award At 18th eco://awards For Domain Registration Abuse Prevention System

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EURid has won the “Domains” award at the 18th eco://awards for their Domain Name Registration Abuse Prevention System it was announced Thursday. The system prevents abuse through machine learning, identifying whether a newly registered domain name is likely to be used abusively. And the day before, EURid was handing out their own awards at the .eu Gala Awards.

The EURid system, which they call APEWS (Abuse Prediction and Early Warning System), is based on an innovative methodology that evaluates patterns pertaining to domain name registrations to assess whether they might be used in an abusive manner. EURid will publicly APEWS on 4 December 2019.

There were 6 visionary and innovative business models honoured by the association Thursday night as part of a festive awards ceremony. What they all have in common, eco said in their announcement, is that their market-ready products, services or processes use the Internet as their basis or as an intelligent extension. There was also a Special Award for Ladies in Tech presented to Stefanie Kemp for her outstanding commitment to female business leaders in the Internet industry.

The full list of winners at the eco://awards were:

  • Datacenter Infrastructure: RWE Supply & Trading GmbH and Riello Power Systems GmbH for the holistic UPS-Battery-Solution Master+, which turns data centers into partners of the energy transition and allows them, with the operators, to benefit from the opportunities on the energy market.
  • Hosting: luckycloud GmbH for their eponymous cloud hosting platform from Germany – secure, high-performance, and customer-oriented.
  • Security: DRACOON GmbH for a filesharing solution that helps with the challenge of storing, administering, and sharing data securely. DRACOON is the market leader in the area of Enterprise Filesharing in the German-speaking region and gives the world back sovereignty of its data.
  • Domains: EURid vzw for a Domain Name Registration Abuse Prevention System. The System can, through machine learning, identify whether a newly registered Domain Name is likely to be used abusively.
  • Cloud: oneclick AG for the onclickTM Platform – the simplest, fastest, and most secure way to connect users with aöö business applications and data.
  • Innovation/Digitale Geschäftsmodelle: ClearVAT AG for the solution EUR VAT Clearing Solution. ClearVAT is the first – and as yet only – pan-European payment service provider for legally compliant calculation, collection and remittance of VAT in cross-border EU retail.
  • Special Award Ladies in Tech for Stefanie Kemp:The Special Award “Ladies in Tech” honors Stefanie Kemp, Group Chief Innovation & Transformation of the Lowell Group, for outstanding work, her exceptional contribution for female business leaders in the Internet industry, and her great dedication to the digitalization of society and the economy.

In other awards news, the day before EURid also handed out their own awards with 7 winners in this year’s .eu Web Awards competition. The 2019 .eu Web Awards winners were:

Special Commendations went to:

“We are very excited about these winners of the 6th .eu Web Awards. As always, the Jury had a very difficult time in coming to a decision, as all of the finalists’ websites were inspiring in their own ways. Therefore, the winners should be very proud!”, commented Giovanni Seppia, EURid External Relations Manager.

The 2019 .eu Web Awards competition recorded 139 nominations with close to 5500 votes during the nomination and voting period. The winners were announced at a Gala event, which took place in Brussels, Belgium at the Theatre du Vaudeville on 20 November 2019. For the fourth year in a row, the amazing BBC news presenter Sally Bundock hosted the evening. There were performances from the English singer-songwriter James Morrison, and Emilio Dosal, actor-dancer-choreographer.

2019 EURid .eu awards winners
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Nominet Suspends 0.22% Of All .UK Domains For Criminal Activity In 12 Months

Nominet suspended 28,937 .uk domain names between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2019, a small reduction year on year a – down from 32,813 in the previous year. This represents around 0.22% of the more than 13 million .uk domains currently registered.

Nominet suspends domains following notification from the police or other law enforcement agencies that the domain is being used for criminal activity, collaborating with 10 reporting organisations and received requests from 5 of these.

“It’s encouraging to see that our efforts, working closely with the law enforcement community, are having a demonstrable impact on the ability of those intent on causing serious mischief online,” said Russell Haworth, Nominet’s CEO. “We will not tolerate .UK domains being used for criminal activity. Suspensions have fallen for the first time since 2014 indicating that using collective established processes combined with technology-driven interventions is, it seems, acting as a deterrent.”

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) which processes and co-ordinates requests relating to IP infringements from nationwide sources is the main reporting agency with 28,606 requests, followed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (178) and Trading Standards (90), Financial Conduct Authority (48) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (31).

“Partnership working is vital in the fight against intellectual property crime,” said Detective Constable Weizmann Jacobs of the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit. “We work closely with Nominet and the law enforcement community to disrupt criminals who try to operate in the .UK domain and the figures released today demonstrates the success we have had in doing so.

“By collaborative working, we can help protect consumers from the dangers of counterfeit goods and safeguard their personal information when shopping online. When consumers purchase from illicit sites, they are unknowingly handing over their personal and payment details to criminals who often use these to commit further crime.

“In light of the figures Nominet have released, and in the run up to Christmas, we would like to warn online shoppers that there’s more risk when it’s counterfeit. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is; heavily discounted products are often a tell-tale sign that something isn’t right.”

The number of requests that didn’t result in a suspension was 16 – down from 114 in the previous year. Reasons for requests not resulting in suspension include the domain already being suspended due to a parallel process, the domain already being transferred on a court order, or the registrant modifying the website to become compliant following notification. There were also 5 suspension reversals, which happens if the offending behaviour has stopped and the enforcing agency has since confirmed that the suspension can be lifted.

The report also provides an update on domains suspended and blocked under Nominet’s proscribed terms policy, introduced in May 2014. Over 1,600 newly registered domains were flagged as potential breaches, but no suspensions were made, indicating a high number of false positives. Over the same period there were 0 suspension requests from the Internet Watch Foundation on Child Sexual Abuse Images (CSAM) on .UK domains.

For the same period, Domain Watch – Nominet’s anti-phishing initiative that suspends suspicious domains at the point of registration – saw 2,668 domains suspended. When identified as high risk of phishing, domains will not resolve in the DNS until extra diligence is conducted and we are satisfied that the registration does not pose a phishing risk. If a domain is suspended, the registrant will receive an email informing them what has happened, together with the next steps required if they feel the suspension was not correctly applied. Of these, 274 successfully passed our additional due diligence and completed the registration process.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve .UK for the millions of individuals and businesses that rely on it,” said Eleanor Bradley, MD of Registry Solutions at Nominet. “Using Domain Watch to catch domains such as hmrc-taxrefund-gov.co.uk, login-micorosoftoffice.co.uk and netfllx.uk, intent on confusing people for criminal gain is proving fruitful, but we and other likeminded partners as well as individuals must not rest on our laurels. The criminals certainly won’t.”

An infographic that provides full details of the report is available here [pdf].

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IG Radar: DENIC Information Platform Explains Internet Governance Processes

For the first time in the IGF history, Germany will be hosting the Annual Meeting of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum this year. Under the overarching theme ‘One World. One Net. One Vision.’ several thousand delegates of governments and international organisations will come together from all parts of the world with international representatives from the private sector, academia, the technical sector and civil society. From 25 to 29 November they will conduct the IGF’s 14th annual dialogue about rules, values and standards for the Internet of the presence and the future on an equal footing in the German capital of Berlin.

A comprehensive program will be offered at the five conference days with sessions, discussions and workshops that will focus on three priority themes: Data management and data protection (Data Governance) – general access to and participation in digitisation and its shaping on an equal footing (Digital Inclusion) – protection of people, resources and infrastructures in the digital age (Security & Safety, Stability & Resilience). A secondary focus will be on opportunities and potential involvement of SMEs in Internet governance.

The Internet Governance Forum will be officially opened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. António Guterres, and German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 at 14:00 CET.

DENIC’s information platform IG Radar: understanding and following up on Internet governance processes

Under the motto “Internet Governance Matters to Everyone!”, DENIC as a member of the advisory board of the Internet Governance Forum Germany (IGF-D) has committed itself in the year of the IGF in Berlin to introducing the Internet governance ecosystem with its multiple thematic strands and interrelations to the interested wider public in Germany and abroad. A compact three-part feature series on Internet governance on the DENIC website offers first, low-threshold access to the theme:

But this is not all: Even though virtually everybody involved in digital policy matters is currently talking about Internet governance, until recently there was no online offer available in German that provides newcomers and advanced users alike with comprehensive basic knowledge and in-depth background information on topics, players and new developments in a compact format that is kept regularly up-to-date.

This gap has been closed by the German/English Internet Governance Radar, an online information platform offered by DENIC eG. Being the manager of the technical infrastructure of the German namespace on the Internet, the DENIC Cooperative ensures that websites and web services ending with the country code .de are available around the clock, safely, securely and reliably. On average, DENIC manages access to domain names more than six billion times every day.

DENIC’s Internet Governance Radar platform is also the only German-language source of reference recommended on the official IGF event website hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

DENIC@IGF 2019: Communicating with the world

Moreover, DENIC will host an information booth, which will be open on all conference days, in the exhibition area of the Internet Governance Forum, called the IGF 2019 Village. Here, DENIC will inform visitors about the Cooperative’s manifold Internet governance activities in general and about the Internet Governance Radar platform in particular (Estrel Congress Center, Foyer 1, Booth 11).

We are looking forward to your visit – be it virtual or in person.

This DENIC news release was sourced from: https://www.denic.de/en/whats-new/news/article/denic-informationsplattform-ig-radar-macht-internet-governance-prozesse-verstaendlich/

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NetActuate Announces Program to Support Emerging ccTLDs

Without vouching for or knowing who NetActuate is, they’ve released a news release this week announcing that in order to help ccTLDs (country code top-level domain providers) meet and overcome challenges with security, resiliency, and network performance, they have established a new grant program for emerging ccTLDs. The program will provide anycast and infrastructure services to help new ccTLDs build their global presence.

“As an ICANN participant and long-time steward of many open source projects (that include providing critical infrastructure services), we understand the challenges an emerging ccTLD can face when managing a global deployment,” said Mark Mahle, CEO and Principal Technology Architect of NetActuate. “We’re pleased to offer this special program to support ccTLDs starting up in emerging markets.”

In their announcement they note “emerging ccTLDs provide an important service to residents of their country, state, or territory. Purchasing a ccTLD is very often limited to those doing business within that country, providing a wider range of domain options to local businesses serving local markets. When a site uses a ccTLD, Google assumes that site (and all the content on it) is specifically relevant to the geographic area targeted by the ccTLD, helping local residents find better and more relevant content to them.”

“However, many emerging ccTLDs face significant financial barriers to launching a resilient, secure, and high-performing global deployment to support their DNS services. NetActuate’s grant program is designed to help emerging ccTLDs better serve their communities by giving them the network and infrastructure they need to build a self-sustaining, long-term service.”

To apply for this program, go to: netactuate.com/emerging-tld

.icu Just Rocketed To Number One On The New gTLD Charts

It was about 14 November when .icu rocketed to number on the new gTLD charts, soaring past the previous number one, .top. .icu had been on a charge in the previous week, soaring almost three-quarters of a million (724,000) domains under management from 8 to 14 November. Today registrations in .icu stand at 3.815 million while .top is around 3.735 million, according to nTLDstats.com.

.icu has been rising quickly and 12 months ago there were only 143,000 registrations and now make up 12.82% of new gTLD registrations. Only one in 5 (20.6%) of all .icu domain names are parked compared to .top whose figure is 3 in 5 (60.49%).

Overall there are now 7 new gTLDs with more than one million domains under management out of 29.848 million. But registrations have been rocketing rapidly since the beginning of October, largely driven by .icu’s rise, rising around 3 million after having been stuck in the low 26 million/high 25 million mark since around November 2018.

The other new gTLDs to currently have over the 7 figure registration mark are .xyz (2.727m), .site (1.939m), .club (1.488m), .online (1.379m) and .vip (1.229m).

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