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What You Need To Know About DNSSEC – An Interview With Dr. Richard Lamb

Posted August 26th, 2011

Cybercrime is on the rise and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) has been one of the hottest security topics this year.  Created as a response to a flaw in the DNS, the intention of DNSSEC is to prevent users from experiencing redirection to fraudulent web sites and similar forms of cybercrime. There is a debate within the community as to whether DNSSEC is truly necessary. Some feel it is not comprehensive in its current form, while others believe it is an important brand protection tool.

Like many Internet security issues, DNSSEC is sometimes misunderstood by those outside the technical community so we sat down with Dr. Richard Lam, DNSSEC Program Manager for ICANN, to get his perspective on what you really need to know about DNSSEC.


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A Community TLD Application: Interview With .gay Applicant, Niche TLD’s

Posted February 28th, 2011

One of the most fascinating and frustrating characteristics of the New gTLD program is the secrecy of most of the applicants. There are those who understandably aren’t willing to expose their business plan. Others who aren’t interested in becoming publicly involved with a program that at times can feel quite fragile. There are also more than a few applicants who are in direct competition with each other. In some cases applicants pursuing the same TLD have a very different intent on how they might run the extension.

As you may know, there are multiple categories within the scope of New gTLDs. For example, one can apply for a geographic, general, brand or community TLD. All New gTLD applicants must state whether the TLD they are applying for is considered community or standard. If two applicants are pursuing the same TLD and one is community based and the other is standard, preference will be given to the community applicant if they are able to meet all of the criteria to be considered as such. However, if one chooses to operate a community TLD, they have one of the more difficult roads to travel in the application process.

According to the Proposed Applicant Guidebook, “For purposes of this Applicant Guidebook, a community- based gTLD is a gTLD that is operated for the benefit of a clearly delineated community. Designation or non-designation of an application as community-based is entirely at the discretion of the applicant. Any applicant may designate its application as community-based; however, each applicant making this designation is asked to substantiate its status as representative of the community it names in the application by submission of written endorsements in support of the application.”

A community application is expected to meet the following criteria:

1. Demonstrate an ongoing relationship with a clearly delineated community.

2. Have applied for a gTLD string strongly and specifically related to the community named in the application.

3. Have proposed dedicated registration and use policies for registrants in its proposed gTLD, including appropriate security verification procedures, commensurate with the community-based purpose it has named.

4. Have its application endorsed in writing by one or more established institutions representing the community it has named.

The TLD will also enter a complicated scoring process where to reach community status, an applicant must receive a score of 14 to be considered a community TLD. Many are concerned that this exhaustive process of point scoring will weed out TLDs that are truly deserving of a community designation.

An interesting example of an applicant that is both “out” about their interest in operating (several) specific New gTLDs and also applying for community consideration is Niche TLD’s declaration for .gay.

While there are more than one applicant pursuing .gay, we recently had a chance to speak with Niche TLD’s whose ideas are pushing the boundaries of how a TLD operator can serve, participate in and enrich it’s registrant community. Niche TLD’s believes that a New gTLD doesn’t have to be huge to be successful. Their website states “ “It is my personal belief that among the most successful new gTLD’s we will find a lot of niche TLD’s for smaller communities.”

Our interview with Alexander Schubert of Niche TLD’s is after the jump.


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Perspectives, Members Of The Domain Community Weigh In On What They Expect From ICANN 39

Posted November 19th, 2010

As the dates of ICANN 39 loom large, the announcements of the last few weeks are digesting in the collective minds and corners of the domain industry. Preparations for travel, presentations and good old getting down to business are underway and as an industry we have our work cut out for us. We have a Draft Applicant Guide Book to read, analyze and comment on as well as a host of issues on which to come up to speed. There isn’t much time left over to consider what is going on outside of our specific niches.

Whether you are new to ICANN or returning it is beneficial not just to become familiar with the material applicable to your interests but also to become aware of the concerns and positions of the other attendees. You will undoubtedly meet and converse with attendees outside your area of expertise and in the spirit of American scouting organizations we recommend always being prepared.

To help ensure that no one gets caught with their conversational pants down, we posed three questions to various members of the domain community to get their perspective on the most important issues of the meeting. Representatives were selected from the IP, Business, Registry, Registrar and Consulting communities to help broaden the understanding of group needs industry wide.

Below Ken Taylor, Dan Schindler, Michele Neylon, David Goldstein and Phil Adcock share their ideas of what they would like to see come of ICANN 39.


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What You Need To Know About Changes To .CN

Posted March 5th, 2010

As “heavy” Internet users, we are familiar with upheavals in the domain world. Registrars loose accreditation, registrations lapse and domain names are lost. High profile domains change hands almost daily. If there is anything the domain business is used to its change, and the ability to adapt to shifting guidelines and technologies is vital to successfully operate and conduct business online. It is because of this constant change that the Internet has created an emerging world community.

However, like all communities, it is far from perfect. In December of 2009, CNNIC, the operator of .CN drastically altered their domain registration requirements closing registrations to anyone outside of China. The new restrictions, which went active on December 14, 2009, were put in place to “restrict online pornography”.

CNNIC’s registration requirements changed dramatically overnight. It became nearly impossible to register or transfer a domain name outside of China unless you operated a business in China or had a “man on the ground” to register the name for you and maintain local presence. It wasn’t a noticeable change unless you were trying to register a .CN domain or transfer one. The domain world doesn’t get a lot of mainstream press but .CN’s new registration restrictions were so tough that TIME Magazine picked up on it. On December 18, 2009, ran an article titled “China’s Domain-Name Limits: Web Censorship (HERE).

The Chinese government and the Internet have had a dubious relationship of late, having been in the news frequently for censoring Internet activity, allegedly using Google’s services for nefarious purposes, and monitoring individual users. To anyone who has been keeping an eye on Internet developments within China, these registration restrictions come as little surprise.

There are nearly 13 million domain names registered under .CN, making this a delicate circumstance. China is a very large market that few businesses want to be excluded from. To continue to operate in China, it is vital to pay close attention to the fluctuating Internet laws and regulations the country is subject to implementing without much notice. This is not likely to be the last change to CNNICs rules of registration or operation and there is very little that can be done to combat it.


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Interview: Nick Wood of Com Laude, Part 2

Posted January 30th, 2009

We sat down with Nick Wood of Cum Laude for another round of discussions on the future of the new gTLD roll out and the inspirational quality of resilience amid global economic crisis.



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