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Setting a Higher Bar: Our .gay Commitment Is an Industry-First

Domain industry news - 6 hours 33 min ago

Eight years ago, we made the decision to apply for ".gay" with encouragement from Clyde, my gay brother-in-law, among other passionate members of my family. Although we lost him recently, his memory has only increased our determination to see it through. I know Clyde would be proud of our vision for .gay, and all of the planning and community engagement that has gone into making sure we get this right.

While new domain extensions such as .gay are being introduced every year — adding more meaning and opportunity to the domain name system — through .gay we are creating a historic, industry-first approach that will change the way people think about domain names. Unlike many extensions, which are functional in nature, we will be providing a distinctive, digital space devoted to connecting and celebrating LGBTQ communities, while making an unprecedented commitment to strengthening them as well.

What is more valuable than using this opportunity to give global populations a more meaningful online experience? That said, we don't assume that there's any single way to represent the gay experience. Before launching .gay, it was imperative for us to learn from a variety of LGBTQ individuals, their allies as well as the wider population.

Our main objective for conducting this research was two-fold: capture as many perspectives as possible (including non-allies); and determine perceptions around the availability of .gay and its purpose.

We've been heartened to learn that 61% of LGBTQ community members would be more likely to use a .gay site because of the value they see for their communities. Additionally, we learned how more than half of those surveyed believe that .gay sites could create a better online experience and change freedom of self-expression for the better.

We see clear alignment between this feedback and the intent of domain expansion. We know that if we respond to the clear optimism for a thoughtful and culturally responsive .gay, that we will galvanize support across the community. To see who we spoke with and how else they responded, see our Audience Perceptions Summary.

While .gay is operationally similar to other domain extensions, our domain is the first of its kind — in addition to creating a completely new medium for LGBTQ visibility, we are donating 20% of all new registration revenue (not just profit) to support LGBTQ nonprofit partners. This year, we're proud to share that GLAAD and CenterLink will be our inaugural beneficiaries.

We chose CenterLink, an umbrella organization for over 250 LGBTQ centers across the US and around the world, because of their efforts to provide safe physical spaces that liberate and empower these at-risk communities. This aligns with our mission to create safe online spaces and increased visibility for LGBTQ people. We are equally honored to be partnering with GLAAD, whose preeminent legacy and continued work are rooted in fighting against misrepresentation and hate in the media. The GLAAD MediaGuide is core to our marketing and policies, ensuring that all .gay registrars will fairly and accurately represent LGBTQ people.

We know that we will not be able to single-handedly turn the Internet into a hate-free zone, but that does not mean we will accept the status quo, which is to do nothing short of a court order. While we are optimistic that the proud branding and sheer existence of .gay will keep hate away, we are prepared for when the haters arrive.

We created the ".gay Rights Protections” to establish this domain as a gay-friendly internet space. This policy exists to ban harassment, hate-speech and anti-LGBTQ content, as well as provide specific remedies for domains that intentionally use .gay to malign or harm LGBTQ individuals or groups. While this may put us out on a limb, it's a duty that we do not take lightly, as we continue to engage with other LGBTQ stakeholders to responsively enact this policy in order to create safer spaces online.

.gay is open to all — it's a virtual Pride flag that honors decades of history and progress, while inspiring an inclusive, welcoming future for all. .gay is a space for businesses, organizations and individuals to converge and stand together for something bigger. With each domain registered, we have the unique opportunity to use our platform to celebrate and grow the vibrancy of the gay Internet, which is lively, therapeutic, entertaining, and vital. Join us!

Written by Ray King, CEO at Top Level Design, LLC

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Doing More to Address Child Sexual Abuse Materials Online

Domain industry news - Tue, 2020-01-28 17:58

For all of us at Public Interest Registry, working to remove child sexual abuse content from the Internet isn't just a part of our work; it's our moral duty. As stewards of the .ORG community, addressing the problem head on is the only option compatible with our values.

Talking about Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM) is challenging and uncomfortable. It's also far too important, and prevalent, of a problem to ignore. While it's impossible to know exact numbers, online CSAM is a major, rapidly growing crisis. Our partners at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) identified more than 132,000 global cases of CSAM in 2019 alone. Each illicit image represents an individual child's physical and emotional well-being being put at risk by abusers.

At the domain name level, PIR has limited tools to deal with abuse. Since much of the CSAM that is online is hidden away on large file sharing websites, taking down entire domains is often not feasible. Despite the challenges, we have made every effort possible to lead as an exemplary registry with the removal of CSAM. In 2018, we began our partnership with the Internet Watch Foundation, which has increased our capabilities to mitigate this abusive material and contributes to a safer .ORG community. The IWF is a global leader in identifying and removing CSAM, and one of the only non-law enforcement organizations in the world that is authorized to search for it online. Since the beginning of our partnership, PIR and the IWF have worked to remove over 1,350 links that the IWF identified as containing CSAM. We also work closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) the U.S.'s primary CSAM reporting agency and watchdog for CSAM. NCMEC and IWF are two worldwide leaders in addressing CSAM and recently announced an information sharing agreement to better equip both agencies to find and remove CSAM online. See: https://www.iwf.org.uk/news/landmark-data-sharing-agreement-to-help-safeguard-victims-of-sexual-abuse-imagery

Our process is simple and effective. When the IWF or NCMEC sends us a link containing abuse, we send a "de-fanged" or broken version of the URL in question to the registrar and give them a short window to ensure that the offending material is removed. In the vast majority of cases, the registrars or registrants act swiftly and the content is removed. When they don't, we do — and the domain name is suspended.

We encourage others to do more to mitigate CSAM

While we've decided to combat this crisis head on, many of our peer companies have not yet stepped up to the plate. For some, it's a matter of not knowing where to start. That's why we co-founded the Child Sexual Abuse Material Referral Discussion Group, a forum for some of the largest registries and registrars in the world to share ideas and identify the very best practices to combat CSAM via the domain name system. The meetings are held under Chatham House Rule, allowing company leaders to have honest discussions and feel comfortable asking for help from their peers. The meetings have expanded to include law enforcement and watchdog groups from across the world. We're proud of the work that has come out of these meetings and determined with our partners to continue the ongoing collaboration and information sharing that is needed. Eliminating CSAM on the web is bigger than any one company.

While some companies are simply in need of a helping hand, others are willfully not taking action. In some cases, companies won't act to remove CSAM unless specifically required to by a court order. Think about what that means. These companies are essentially requiring the child that was exploited (who likely may be located outside the United States) to hire an attorney, avail him or herself of the U.S. court system, and obtain a court order to have images of their victimization removed. Oftentimes these children are not even aware that their pictures are posted online. We think that kind of policy is essentially saying that they are fine to do nothing to mitigate CSAM. To us, that position is irresponsible and certainly unacceptable for .ORG and our other TLDs.

We think that all registries and registrars should establish relationships with organizations like the Internet Watch Foundation, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, or their local INHOPE Network hotline to effectively and correctly identify CSAM. When organizations like these identify CSAM, registries and registrars should take steps to address the problem. It shouldn't require a court order to make this happen.

There are some organizations that focus on free expression that take the position that registries and registrars should not take action on content in any case without a court order, without exception. We think this position is misguided in the case of confirmed Child Sexual Abuse Materials. Choosing to allow Child Sexual Abuse Materials to resolve online means the ongoing and continuing victimization of children. For us, if CSAM is confirmed by an expert organization like the Internet Watch Foundation or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (i.e. a trusted notifier), we will take action. We have a responsibility to act if others have not (hosting provider, registrar, etc.) and will do so in limited and egregious cases, such as CSAM.

PIR will continue the fight against CSAM

We've worked tirelessly to build a stronger relationship with law enforcement and assist them with removing CSAM. Last month, PIR staff visited the Department of Homeland Security's Cybercrimes Lab to discuss their victim-focused approach and innovations in removing CSAM from the web. During our meeting, DHS restated their commitment to continued engagement with our industry discussion group. We feel that there is a lot of potential shared learnings to be made between DNS actors, law enforcement and CSAM watchdog agencies to address and remove CSAM online via the DNS.

At PIR, we're doing the right thing. From working closely with these CSAM watchdog agencies to sharing our approaches with other companies and law enforcement, we've become an industry leader in combatting Child Sexual Abuse Material via the DNS. We always want to do better to make the Internet free of CSAM. We hope others who haven't taken appropriate action will begin to take up these principles. We're always happy to discuss these tough issues and hope through dialogue the DNS community will continue to improve to address CSAM online.

Written by Brian Cimbolic, Vice President, General Counsel at PIR

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Google’s new search results pages: love it or hate it?

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2020-01-28 17:45

Desktop results still show the domain name but mobile results don’t.

Google recently changed its desktop search results to look more like its mobile search results. This includes showing the site’s favicon, second level and top level domain, title, and snippet.

It also bolds the ‘ad’ tag before ads.

I’ll be honest, it’s giving me a headache. The favicons are distracting, and I wonder if it actually makes it harder for people to distinguish organic listings from ads because now all listings have a graphic in front of them.

After the change, Google search liaison Danny Sullivan noted the importance of domain names in search result listings:

Then why don’t you show them in mobile search results?

— DomainNameWire.com (@DomainNameWire) January 20, 2020

But, as you can see from my response, Google still leaves domain names off of mobile search results. So it seems that Google thinks they are important, unless you’re on a mobile device where you’re even more likely to be duped. (Google does show domain names on ads on mobile search.)

If nothing else, Google has certainly elevated the importance of having a good favicon!

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FCC Gives Google, Sony and Others Full Authorization for Commercial Deployment of 3.5 GHz Spectrum

Domain industry news - Tue, 2020-01-28 17:39

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday announced it is allowing full commercial use of 3.5 GHz band for broadband connectivity and 5G. The FCC has named Google, Sony, CommScope and Federated Wireless, Inc. as Spectrum Access System (SAS) administrators and given them full authorization to operate commercial services in the band. CBRS Alliance, the industry organization that is driving the development, commercialization, and adoption 3.5 GHz CBRS band in the U.S. via the OnGo brand, said in its statement yesterday:

"Full Commercial Deployment is the final stage in the commercialization process that started in 2013 when the FCC began pursuing an innovative shared spectrum model in the 3.5 GHz band. ... Federal agencies including the FCC, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), and Department of Defense, along with the Wireless Innovation Forum and the 159 members of the CBRS Alliance, have come together to foster commercial usage of the 3.5 GHz band."

"Prior to commercial availability, the 3.5 GHz CBRS band was used primarily by the Department of Defense (DoD), mostly for shipborne radar systems. To ensure that the DoD has continued access to the band, Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) networks have been deployed along the U.S. coast."

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Call for Participation – ICANN DNSSEC and Security Workshop at ICANN67, Cancun, Mexico

Domain industry news - Tue, 2020-01-28 15:12

The ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the Internet Society Deploy360 Programme are planning a DNSSEC and Security Workshop during the ICANN67 meeting held from 07-12 March 2020 in Cancun, Mexico.

The original DNSSEC Workshop has been a part of ICANN meetings for many years and has provided a forum for both experienced and new people to meet, present, and discuss current and future DNSSEC deployments. The program committee added a new focus on security to the workshop to address various emerging security related issues such as DoT/DoH impacts and potential abuses, impacts of RPKI deployments, BGP hijacking, and other Internet-related routing issues.

For reference, the most recent session was held at the ICANN Annual General Meeting in Montreal, Quebec on 06 November 2019. The presentations and transcripts are available at: https://66.schedule.icann.org/meetings/1116787 and https://66.schedule.icann.org/meetings/1116788

The DNSSEC and Security Workshop Program Committee is developing a 3-hour program. Proposals are sought for the following topic areas:

1. Global DNSSEC Activities Panel

For this panel, we are seeking participation from those who have been involved in DNSSEC deployment as well as from those who have not deployed DNSSEC but who have a keen interest in the challenges and benefits of deployment, including Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover activities and plans.

2. DNSSEC Best Practice

Now that DNSSEC has become an operational norm for many registries, registrars, and ISPs, what have we learned about how we manage DNSSEC? Do you still submit/accept DS records with Digest Type 1? What is the best practice around key roll-overs? What about Algorithm roll-overs? Do you use and support DNSKEY Algorithms 13-16? How often do you review your disaster recovery procedures? Is there operational familiarity within your customer support teams? What operational statistics have we gathered about DNSSEC? Are there experiences being documented in the form of best practices, or something similar, for transfer of signed zones? Activities and issues related to DNSSEC in the DNS Root Zone are also desired.

3. DNSSEC Deployment Challenges

The program committee is seeking input from those that are interested in implementation of DNSSEC but have general or particular concerns with DNSSEC. In particular, we are seeking input from individuals that would be willing to participate in a panel that would discuss questions of the following nature:

  • Are there any policies directly or indirectly impeding your DNSSEC deployment? (RRR model, CDS/CDNSKEY automation)
  • What are your most significant concerns with DNSSEC, e.g., complexity, training, implementation, operation or something else?
  • What do you expect DNSSEC to do for you and what doesn't it do?
  • What do you see as the most important trade-offs with respect to doing or not doing DNSSEC?

4. Security Panel

New to recent workshops, the program committee is looking for presentations on DNS and Routing topics that could impact the security and/or stability of the Internet.

  • DoH and DoT issues, challenges and opportunities including misuse of the technologies (such as distribution of malware via DoH)
  • RPKI adoption and implementation issues, challenges and opportunities
  • BGP/routing/hijack issues, challenges and opportunities
  • MANRS implementation challenges and opportunities
  • Do multiple security mechanisms dilute the need for each of the mechanisms (e.g. DNSSEC, DoH and DoT)
  • Emerging threats that could impact (real or perceived) the security and/or stability of the internet
  • Domain hacking/hijacking prevention, best practice and techniques
  • Browser related security implementations
  • DMARC Challenges, opportunities and Best Practices
  • BGP Flowspec challenges, opportunities and Best Practices

In addition, we welcome suggestions for additional topics, either for inclusion in the ICANN67 workshop, or for consideration for future workshops.

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief (1-2 sentence) description of your proposed presentation to dnssec-cancun@isoc.org by 07 February 2020.

Thank you,
Andrew and Kathy
On behalf of the DNSSEC and Security Workshop Program Committee:
Mark Elkins, DNS/ZACR
Jacques Latour, .CA
Russ Mundy, Parsons
Ondrej Filip, CZ.NIC
Yoshiro Yoneya, JPRS
Fred Baker, ISC
Dan York, Internet Society

Written by Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society

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Why X, Y, J are great letters for Chinese acronym domains

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2020-01-28 14:29

Why these letters make sense in China.

Kassey Lee explains why x, y, and j are good letters for domains in China.

Before I came into the domain space, I had not heard that some letters in the English alphabet are premium and some are not. Specifically, some domain investors in the west consider j, k, q, x, y, and z to be inferior letters. However, these letters may be very useful in the east.

Recently, the domain XYJ.com was sold for 160,000 yuan (about $22,400) in China. The X, Y, and J in the domain may not be considered premium letters in the west, but in the Chinese context, they are great letters.

X can be an acronym for over 1,000 Pinyin words such as Xing (行=travel), Xue (学=learn), and Xuan (选=select). A domain containing X may enable you to create brands in the tourism, education, and shopping fields respectively.

Y can also be an acronym for over 1,000 Pinyin words such Yi (医=medical), You (友=friend), and Ying (赢=win). A domain containing Y may enable you to create brands in the medicine, social network, and betting fields respectively.

Finally, J can be an acronym for over 1,000 Pinyin words such Jia (家=home), Jian (健=health), and Jiu (酒=wine). So, a domain containing J may enable you to create brands in the homecare, health, and alcoholic beverage fields respectively.

Combining X, Y, and J may result in many interesting brands. Some examples are shown below.

  • Xian Yao Jia (仙药家=home of elixir of immortality), which can be a brand for a Chinse medicine company
  • Xi You Ji (西游记=Journey to the West), which can be a brand for a tour company
  • Xi Ye Ji (喜业绩=happy business performance), which can be a brand for a consulting company

So, an acronym domain enables you to create many Chinese brands, each of which may be used in different fields and has the chance to become a billion-dollar company. That’s their mighty power in China. They have one additional feature — helping Chinese companies go global. The reason is explained in my article “How a 3 letter domain helped this business go global“.

Therefore, when looking at an acronym domain, I do not focus on its individual letters but the brands that it can be turned into and industries that it can be used for.

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A Few Final Notes Before the NamesCon Global Curtain Goes Up Including Our Conference Coverage Plans

DN Journal - Tue, 2020-01-28 11:59
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NamesCon weather will be hit and miss

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2020-01-27 21:16

Most days will be nice, and Saturday will be beautiful.

Weather in Austin during January can be hit or miss. Some days will be sunny and warm while other days will be cold with even a bit of freezing precipitation.

Fortunately, it looks like this week’s weather will mostly be a hit for NamesCon, with just a slight miss on Thursday. And if you’re staying for the weekend, you’re in for a treat.

Here’s the forecast as of Monday afternoon:

  • Tuesday 42-70 with a morning shower
  • Wednesday 41-61 partly sunny
  • Thursday 43-56 with afternoon showers possible
  • Friday 42-60 partly sunny
  • Saturday 46-70 with sunshine (great weather for Fun Day at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden)
  • Sunday 53-77 partly sunny

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What domains do the best AI startups in China prefer?

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2020-01-27 17:24

Chinese artificial intelligence companies use .com, and most use English names.

I enjoy reading news about Chinese AI startups because I believe they will lead corporate China in the future. As most companies tend to follow leaders, studying domains acquired by top AI startups may tell me trends in domain buying in China.

Recently, AI-Startups.org published a list of the Top 15 AI startups in China. Based on the list, I used Baidu to find out domains used by these startups, as shown below.

Rank Startup Domain 1 SenseTime SenseTime.com 2 UBtech UBtech.com 3 Megvii Megvii.com 4 Mobvoi Mobvoi.com 5 Rokid Rokid.com 6 Roobo Roobo.com 7 ByteDance ByteDance.com 8 Liulishuo Liulishuo.com 9 Cambricon Cambricon.com 10 Appier Appier.com 11 Synyi Synyi.com 12 Tianrang Tianrang.com 13 SandStar SandStar.com 14 Elsa ElsaSpeak.com 15 HiHedge HiHedge.com

Characteristics of the domains can be summarized as follows:

  • All 15 startups use .com.
  • All except one domain (ElsaSpeak.com) match their corresponding brand.
  • Only two are Pinyin-based. The rest are English or English-like.
  • All domains are fewer than 10 characters (excluding extension).
  • Two-word names are popular.

The conclusion is obvious: .com is king in China too. Specifically, English-based brand-matching .com will continue to be popular. In other words, the EnglishDotCom domain strategy is the way to go.

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NamesCon preview – DNW Podcast #270

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2020-01-27 16:30

Michael Cyger and Monte Cahn preview the action in Austin this week.

This week the domain name industry will converge in Austin, Texas for NamesCon 2020. To preview the action, I talk to Michael Cyger of DNAcademy about which panels he’s attending. Then, I speak to Monte Cahn about the live domain name auction taking place on Thursday. Check out the links below if you are interested in bidding.

See you in Austin!

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What Should the ICANN Board Do About the .org Registry Sale?

Domain industry news - Mon, 2020-01-27 15:41

Two and a half months ago, shortly after the ICANN66 meetings in Montreal, the ICANN stakeholder community was jolted by the announcement that the Internet Society (ISOC) had entered into an agreement to sell the wholly owned PIR non-profit that holds the .org registry contract. The sale was to be for $1.13B USD to the hastily assembled venture capital company Ethos Capital. The sale was presented as a done deal awaiting approval by the ICANN Board. Last week, after ten weeks of relative silence, the ICANN Board announced that it is delaying its decision until mid-February. The core question is “What should the ICANN Board do About the .org Registry Sale?”.

This opinion piece explores in broad terms what the ICANN board should consider and what it might do consistent with its duties and obligations as the Board of ICANN.

Elements of the ICANN stakeholder community, the non-profit world, and digital and traditional media have quickly become engaged in expressing concerns about the processes that lead to the pending sale. There are worries about the future of the .org registry under such private ownership, and about the role of ICANN in insuring that the public interest integrity of the .org registry is protected.

The ensuing discussion has not questioned ISOC’s right to sell PIR, although there has been criticism of the lack of transparency around the sale process, including the fact that the PIR Advisory Committee was kept in the dark about sale intentions and the impending sale.

However, there has been little discussion of possible strategies going forward. Ethos Capital has issued limited information which basically says, “Trust us”. ISOC has defended the proposed sale in ways that leave questions on the table. The ICANN Board has said little but is clearly feeling the heat since it has delayed a Board decision from last week to mid-February.

What is not clear is whether the ICANN Board is seeking information or advice to insure that the nature of the sale, in terms of the legal structure of the company holding the .org registry contract and in the wording of the contract, preserves some understanding of the public interest integrity of the .org registry. This is where the ICANN board will have to stand up and be held accountable for its actions, or inactions.

One additional concern is that the proposed price may be excessive compared to current revenues. If this is true, it suggests that rate increases and other revenue generating business practices are “baked into” that sale price. One of the pressures on ICANN and ISOC is to re-run the sale process in a more open and transparent form. If that were to occur, and if ICANN placed public interest protection conditions on the legal structure of the buyer and in the wording of the registry contract, the sale price might fall, possibly as well it should. The proposed sale carries a price that will likely shackle the new .org registry owner with considerable new debt that will require servicing from additional revenues extracted from the .org domain name user community.

To sum this up, the ball is in the ICANN Board’s court. Whomever holds the contract, ICANN should have conditions on the legal nature of the company holding the contract and conditions in the .org registry contract that protect the public interest integrity of the .org registry.

The ICANN Board should start with a belated wider dialogue with the non-profit stakeholder community and remember that ICANN will be held responsible for the fate of the .org registry in the years to come.

Written by Sam Lanfranco, Prof Emeritus & Senior Scholar, York University

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Is 5G Radiation Safe?

Domain industry news - Sat, 2020-01-25 22:20

There is a lot of public sentiment against placing small cell sites on residential streets. There is a particular fear of broadcasting higher millimeter wave frequencies near to homes since these frequencies have never been in widespread use before. In the public's mind, higher frequencies mean a greater danger of health problems related to exposure to radiofrequency emissions. The public's fears are further stoked when they hear that Switzerland and Belgium are limiting the deployment of millimeter wave radios until there is better proof that they are safe.

The FCC released a report and order on December 4 that is likely to add fuel to the fire. The agency rejected all claims that there is any public danger from radiofrequency emissions and affirmed the existing frequency exposure rules. The FCC said that none of the thousand filings made in the docket provided any scientific evidence that millimeter wave, and other 5G frequencies are dangerous.

The FCC is right in their assertion that there are no definitive scientific studies linking cellular frequencies to cancer or other health issues. However, the FCC misses the point that most of those asking for caution, including scientists, agree with that. The public has several specific fears about the new frequencies being used:

  • First is the overall range of new frequencies. In the recent past, the public was widely exposed to relatively low frequencies from radio and TV stations, to a fairly narrow range of cellular frequencies, and two bands of WiFi. The FCC is in the process of approving dozens of new bands of frequency that will be widely used where people live and work. The fear is not so much about any given frequency being dangerous, but rather a fear that being bombarded by a large range of frequencies will create unforeseen problems.
  • People are also concerned that cellular transmitters are moving from tall towers, which normally have been located away from housing, to small cell sites on poles that are located on residential streets. The fear is that these transmitters are generating a lot of radiation close to the transmitter — which is true. The amount of frequency that strikes a given area decreases rapidly with distance from a transmitter. The anecdote that I've seen repeated on social media is of placing a cell site fifteen feet from the bedroom of a child. I have no idea if there is a real small cell site that is the genesis of this claim — but there could be. In dense urban neighborhoods, there are plenty of streets where telephone poles are within a few feet of homes. I admit that I would be leery about having a small cell site directly outside one of my windows.
  • The public worries when they know that there will always be devices that don't meet the FCC guidelines. As an example, the Chicago Tribune tested eleven smartphones in August and found that a few of them were issuing radiation at twice the FCC maximum-allowable limit. The public understands that vendors play loose with regulatory rules and that the FCC largely ignores such violations.

The public has no particular reason to trust this FCC. The FCC under Chairman Pai has sided with the large carriers on practically every issue in front of the Commission. This is not to say that the FCC didn't give this docket the full consideration that should be given to all dockets — but the public perception is that this FCC would side with the cellular carriers even if there was a public health danger.

The FCC order is also not particularly helped by citing the buy-in from the Food and Drug Administration on the safety of radiation. That agency has licensed dozens of medicines that later proved to be harmful, so that agency also doesn't garner a lot of public trust.

The FCC made a few changes with this order. They have mandated a new set of warning signs to be posted around transmitters. It's doubtful that anybody outside of the industry will understand the meaning of the color-coded warnings. The FCC is also seeking comments on whether exposure standards should be changed for frequencies below 100 kHz and above 6 GHz. The agency is also going to exempt certain kinds of transmitters from FCC testing.

I've read extensively on both sides of the issue, and it's impossible to know the full story. For example, a majority of scientists in the field signed a petition to the United Nations warning against using higher frequencies without more testing. But it's also easy to be persuaded by other scientists who say that higher frequencies don't even penetrate the skin. I've not heard of any studies that look at exposing people to a huge range of different low-power frequencies.

This FCC is in a no-win position. The public properly perceives the agency of being pro-carrier, and anything the FCC says is not going to persuade those worried about radiation risks. I tend to side with the likelihood that the radiation is not a big danger, but I also have to wonder if there will be any impact after expanding by tenfold the range of frequencies we're exposed to. The fact is that we're not likely to know until after we've all been exposed for a decade.

Written by Doug Dawson, President at CCG Consulting

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GoDaddy adds search and watchlist capabilities to Investor App

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2020-01-24 23:11

No more visits to GoDaddy Auctions.

You can now search for domains from within the Investor app and add them to your watchlist or place a bid.

GoDaddy has added search functionality to its Investor app.

Until now, domain name investors had to place an initial bid or place a domain on their watchlist on GoDaddy’s website before they could bid in the app. Now, investors can search for the domain name from within the app. They can then place a bid or add the domain to their watchlist.

The search function gives results related to the keyword, not just domains that include the keyword. For example, a search for ‘hockey’ shows results for domains with other sports topics, such as soccer, football and basketball. A search for ‘science’ gives results including physics and math.

The new functionality will be welcomed by domain name investors. Now, if GoDaddy could just fix the glitch where the watchlist and bidding list are null when you first log in to the app. You have to force close and reopen it to see the domains.

 

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.Org: ICANN's Betrayals and its Opportunity to Act Now in the Public Interest

Domain industry news - Fri, 2020-01-24 20:17

ICANN's repeated betrayals of the public interest have created the conditions for Ethos Capital's proposed purchase of .Org. The growing outrage directed at ICANN is raising questions about ICANN's legitimacy and the wisdom of having entrusted ICANN with oversight over the domain name system ("DNS"). ICANN has shown itself to be out of touch with and unresponsive to the public interest. ICANN now has an opportunity to remember its mission and to take steps to restore the public's trust if it chooses to listen to the clear desire of the public and of the nonprofit community to safeguard .Org.

ICANN's Purpose is to Act in the Public Interest

ICANN is finding it challenging to live up to its mission and its affirmation of commitments. When the U.S. Government turned over ultimate control of the DNS to ICANN, it was transferring the DNS away from a government that was accountable to the citizens of one nation to a body whose mission is to act in the global public interest. Yet ICANN has no effective mechanism holding it accountable to the global public interest. [1]

The Affirmation of Commitments between the U.S. Department of Commerce ("DOC") and ICANN is replete with statements confirming that it must serve in the "public interest." [2] The phrase appears five times within eleven paragraphs. The DOC and ICANN mutually affirmed to ensure that decisions are to be "made in the public interest and are accountable and transparent." ICANN committed to analyzing the effects of its decisions to "ensure that its decisions are in the public interest, and not just the interests of a particular set of stakeholders." ICANN committed "to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making will reflect the public interest and be accountable to all stakeholders."

In particular, ICANN committed to "(c) continually assessing and improving the processes by which ICANN receives public input (including adequate explanation of decisions taken and the rationale thereof); (d) continually assessing the extent to which ICANN's decisions are embraced, supported and accepted by the public and the Internet community."

As the ICANN Board meets today, it is finding that its actions are not being "embraced, supported and accepted" by the public. Protesters are gathering outside its meeting, [3] tens of thousands of people and hundreds of the leading nonprofits have signed petitions urging that ICANN withhold consent of the transfer of PIR to Ethos Capital, [4] and leading publications are expressing concern about decisions described as a "betrayal." [5]

A Sense of Betrayal [6]

ICANN's history with .Org is a story of one betrayal of .org registrants after another. The first betrayal was in 2002, when instead of selecting a registry for .Org that would act in the best interests of .org registrants, they chose ISOC so that ISOC could fund itself through its operation of .Org.

ISOC appealed to many at ICANN because it directed funds to the Internet Engineering Task Force (the IETF), a group of volunteers that develops technical standards for the Internet and that needed some additional funding for their work. ISOC also appealed to many at ICANN because ISOC's leadership overlapped to an astonishing degree with ICANN's own leadership.

Rather than fund the IETF or ISOC directly, ICANN allowed ISOC to treat .org registrants as its own piggy bank, extracting money from them to fund itself. Early on, ISOC raised a relatively modest $5 million in disposable funds from operating .org as the prices it could charge for .org domain names were fixed at $6.00 per domain name per year on a relatively small base of .org domain names. ISOC passed about a quarter of those funds along to the IETF.

ICANN's second betrayal of .org registrants occurred in the renewal of the .org agreement in 2006. In that agreement, ICANN permitted ISOC to raise prices on .org registrants by 10% per year, every year, without needing to justify the price increase, [7] without providing any additional benefits to .org registrants, without linking price increases to the actual funding needs of the IETF, and without any accountability to .org registrants.

ISOC did not take full advantage of its ability to raise prices at first, as it was already generating far more money than it needed to fund the IETF, in part because it was making money on every .org registration and renewal and the number of .org registrations was growing rapidly. But after a few years, ISOC developed an appetite for much higher revenues and raised prices in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. The modest $5 million in disposable funds raised in 2004, by 2018 had turned into a $75 million surplus extracted from .org registrants.

ICANN's third betrayal occurred when ICANN ceded much of its rights to ISOC. ICANN granted ISOC a presumptive right of renewal, awarding ISOC control of the contract to the registry in perpetuity. ICANN also failed to include a termination upon request for assignment provision that is common in such agreements. The failure to include that language has now emboldened ISOC to attempt to take the value out of the registry when the registry does not belong to it, but to ICANN.

ICANN's fourth betrayal is that although ICANN claims it does not want to be a price regulator, ICANN strangles the ability of market forces and competition to set prices. The inability of ICANN to put the .Org agreement out for rebid means that ISOC's fees are not constrained through a competitive bid to operate .Org such that ISOC does not have to demonstrate that its fees are reasonable.

ICANN's fifth betrayal occurred in the latest .org renewal, when ICANN lifted all price caps on .org domain names. ISOC's ability to financially exploit .org registrants, previously somewhat constrained, now became unconstrained. This betrayal also included the imposition of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) by staff fiat, even though URS had not been adopted as a consensus policy through the ICANN multi-stakeholder model. Further, PIR was empowered to pursue extra-judicial censorship and takedowns, which would enable powerful interests to suppress opposition from those civil society groups using .org domain names. Placing these powers in the hands of a private equity firm and enabling that firm to monetize its ability to inflict harm upon civil society communities that are reliant upon .org websites is a source of tremendous concern from the nonprofit community. [8]

ICANN's sixth betrayal of .org registrants is underway now. To date, ICANN has shown little appetite for blocking a redelegation of .org to an organization that utterly fails to meet the criteria that ICANN had originally set in its 2002 evaluation of who would be a fit operator for .Org. One of the key criteria in the original evaluation was that the new registry operator provides a public benefit. There is no public benefit to awarding .Org to Ethos Capital. Another key criterion was that the applicant demonstrates its widespread support from the nonprofit community. Ethos Capital faces widespread, vehement opposition from the nonprofit community and from other .org registrants.

ISOC and Ethos Capital are attempting to subvert the criteria ICANN established for determining a worthy operator for .Org. ICANN's award of .Org was based on ISOC's characteristics and commitments, not PIR's. ISOC can sell PIR, but the award of .Org to ISOC should be invalidated if it attempts to circumvent the evaluation criteria [9] that originally allowed ISOC to prevail over ten other bidders. [10]

These cumulative betrayals, assuming ICANN stays true to form and permits the transfer of .Org to Ethos Capital, have destroyed the character of .Org. When ICANN was entrusted with .Org in 2002, its mandate was to award temporary operational control to a group that would manage .Org in the public interest and that would enjoy the support of the nonprofit community, to which .Org's identity was so closely linked. ICANN is on the verge of permanently ceding control of .Org to a private equity firm, whose goal is to enrich itself by extracting huge sums from .org registrants, including its nonprofit users, and to subject civil society to suppression mechanisms that can be made available for sale to the highest bidder.

Absence of Legitimacy and the Public Interest

ICANN faces a crisis of legitimacy. The insiders who control the levers within ICANN are out of touch with the public interest, or worse; they are paid by registries to sacrifice the public interest for the further enrichment of the registries — especially when the issue at hand is the terms of the agreements that ICANN negotiates with the registries. [11]

For in those negotiations, the registries sit on both sides of the table. They negotiate on their own behalf on one side of the table. ICANN, many of whose board members and executives and policy folks and staffers have ties to the registries, sits on the other side of the table. [12] The outcome is pre-ordained: more money and control for the registries, higher fees for ducking its responsibilities to ICANN, all paid for by exploiting those who must pay registration and renewal prices and ICANN fees if they wish to have their own presence on the Internet — the registrants.

ICANN, under the influence of Verisign and ISOC, have gradually restructured those companies' relationships to the name spaces they manage. At first, they were merely registry service providers, operating a database and a technical infrastructure under contract to ICANN, with ICANN as trustee for the public interest. Over time, their agreements changed from ones that were rebid periodically to ones that are awarded in perpetuity. Pricing went from flat pricing to the ability to raise prices a set amount without needing to justify a price increase, to the ability, in the case of ISOC, to raise prices without limit on a captive base of registrants. The legacy registries, in particular ISOC, have managed to transform themselves from service providers to de facto owners of the name spaces created under the auspices of the U.S. Government and turned over by the U.S. Government to ICANN to act as trustees for the public interest.

ICANN's decision

The proposed sale of .org to Ethos Capital has focused global attention on ICANN. The multi-stakeholder model is not completely dead, nor is ICANN entirely under the sway of the registries. There are many committed, well-intentioned people who serve at ICANN. The public is not clamoring for ICANN to agree to a private equity takeover of .Org, but the opposite. This is an opportunity for ICANN to reprioritize its mission to serve the public, to reset its direction in favor of the public interest, and to attempt to reestablish the trust of those communities it serves.

An in-depth look at ISOC's history with .org is available at ISOC's Broken Funding Model and Profligate Spending (https://domainnamewire.com/2020/01/22/guest-editorial-isoc/). The article reviews how ISOC used its control over .org to grow a trickle of funds intended to benefit a small group of volunteers into a vast river of funds that it then dissipates on vaguely defined projects of questionable public benefit.

[1] The "Empowered Community" is intended to provide some level of accountability but it is an unproven mechanism and the hurdles to exercise its power are quite high.

[2] See: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/affirmation-of-commitments-2009-09-30-en

[3] See: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20200123_gnso_council_attend_the_dot_org_protest/

[4] Over 20,000 signatures on the SaveDotOrg petition (https://savedotorg.org/) and over 10,000 signatures on the Fight for the Future petition (https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-desecration-of-the-orgs).

[5] See for instance: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/01/23/a-proposed-sale-of-rights-to-org-web-addresses-sparks-a-backlash and https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-end-of-dot-org-as-we-know-it-feels-a-lot-like-giving-up/2020/01/22/49d0fb30-37c3-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html

[6] This section largely draws from ISOC's Broken Funding Model and Profligate Spending at https://domainnamewire.com/2020/01/22/guest-editorial-isoc/. Sources are cited there.

[7] See: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20200116_part_i_who_pays_when_dot_org_prices_rise/#12621

[8] See: https://www.eff.org/pages/coalition-letter-internet-society

[9] See: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ncsg-to-botterman-09dec19-en.pdf

[10] Whether ISOC itself satisfactorily met the award criteria in the 2002 award is discussed in https://domainnamewire.com/2020/01/22/guest-editorial-isoc/.

[11] "ICANN, despite protestations to the contrary, is most definitely a very heavy handed regulatory body, one that has unfortunately been captured by those it purports to regulate." (http://www.circleid.com/posts/20200116_part_i_who_pays_when_dot_org_prices_rise/#12621)

[12] See: https://reviewsignal.com/blog/2019/06/24/the-case-for-regulatory-capture-at-icann/

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Connecting the Next 46 Percent: Time to Pick the Good From the Bad and the Ugly

Domain industry news - Fri, 2020-01-24 18:38

On the 5th of November 2019, the release of the first of ITU's Measuring Digital Development series coincided with Freedom House's unveiling of its Freedom on Net 2019 report. This serendipity prompted me to write this blog note after carefully examining both reports.

On one hand, ITU's analytical publication, with its new friendly format, emphasizes that Internet use continues to spread, warning however that the digital gender gap is widening. The estimated 4.1 billion people using the Internet in 2019 reflect a 5.3 per cent increase, confirming the trend of slowing global growth rates. More men than women use the Internet in every region of the world except the Americas, which has near-parity, and 97 percent of the world population now lives within reach of a mobile cellular signal, reveals the report, offering interesting snapshots of other important ICT indicators. With its global and regional perspectives, ITU's Facts and Figures 2019 also recalls that most of the offline population (46 percent of the world population) lives in the least developed countries, with Europe and Africa having the highest and lowest Internet usage rates, respectively.

On the other hand, the Freedom on the Net 2019 focusing on 'the Crisis of Social Media' comments that the Internet, once a liberating technology, has opened new conduits for surveillance and electoral manipulation. Internet Freedom Declines outnumber gains for the ninth consecutive year with Ethiopia recording the largest gains in 2019 following the election of a new Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, who loosened restrictions on the Internet and unblocked 260 websites. "Digital platforms are the new battleground for democracy and Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism” notes the report recalling that of the 65 countries assessed, 33 have been on an overall decline since June 2018. The future of Internet freedom rests on our ability to fix social media, predicts the report offering a series of recommendations to 'fairly' regulate a technology now pervasive in business, politics, and personal lives.

The more we connect the world, the less free it becomes?

Time to pick the Good from the Bad and the Ugly

At the multilateral level, narratives advocating the Good of connecting the next 46 percent to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals are necessary more than ever but no longer sufficient. Containing the Bad and Repressing the Ugly is more and more critically needed to ensure a higher aggregate contribution of the growth of the Internet to the interconnected goals of the 2030 Agenda.

It is time for multilateral and other actors to acknowledge that neither the utopian hopes and optimistic narratives, nor the dystopian fears and pessimistic discourses reflect the evolving and more complex uses of the Internet witnessed in our current era. The rise of Social Media Platforms and Frontier Technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Biometrics etcetera) are reportedly posing new challenges to human rights and to values that are enshrined in the United Nations organizations serving as guiding principles for international civil servants in all their actions. The future of privacy, free expression, and democratic governance rest on policy choices and actions made or not today.

New perspectives are needed from scholars, intergovernmental bodies, policy makers and technologists when pursuing their respective missions, seeking for a deeper understanding of nuanced issues beyond just technological advancements. This could be achieved through innovative forms of partnerships driving thinking and advocating practices so that digital advancements are informed, with evidence, by their holistic social and human impacts when addressing developmental challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda.

Measuring Success of actions to connect the next billion (and the remaining 46 percent of the world) could go beyond connectivity related quantitative assessments and consider the extent of which lives and freedom have improved with Digital Development.

Key findings of both reports are summarized below.

On the growth of Internet use :

  • Internet usage keeps growing, but barriers lie ahead. Some 4.1 billion people are now online, but in developing countries, women's Internet use is falling behind. Affordability and lack of digital skills remain some of the key barriers.
  • Most of the offline population lives in least developed countries. An estimated 3.6 billion people remain offline, with the majority of the unconnected living in the Least Developed Countries where an average of just two out of every ten people are online.
  • The digital gender gap is growing fast in developing countries. More men than women use the Internet in every region of the world except the Americas, which has near-parity. Wide gender gap in mobile phone ownership often coupled with a wide gender gap in Internet use.
  • Mobile-broadband subscriptions continue to grow strongly. ITU data show that 97 per cent of the world population now lives within reach of a mobile cellular signal and 93 per cent within reach of a 3G (or higher) network.
  • Almost the entire world population lives within reach of a mobile network. ITU data show that 97 per cent of the world population now lives within reach of a mobile cellular signal and 93 per cent within reach of a 3G (or higher) network.
  • Computers no longer needed to access the Internet at home
  • Bandwidth growing fast, but with regional differences
  • Lack of ICT skills a barrier to effective Internet use
  • Broadband still expensive in LDCs

On the decline of Internet freedom

  • Declines outnumber gains for the ninth consecutive year. Since June 2018, 33 of the 65 countries assessed in Freedom on the Net experienced a deterioration in internet freedom. The biggest score declines took place in Sudan and Kazakhstan, followed by Brazil, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe. Improvements were measured in 16 countries, with Ethiopia recording the largest gains.
  • Internet freedom declines in the United States. US law enforcement and immigration agencies increasingly monitored social media and conducted warrantless searches of travelers' electronic devices, with little oversight or transparency.
  • China is the world's worst abuser of internet freedom for the fourth consecutive year. Censorship reached unprecedented extremes in China as the government enhanced its information controls ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and in the face of persistent anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
  • Digital platforms are the new battleground for democracy. Domestic state and partisan actors used propaganda and disinformation to distort the online landscape during elections in at least 24 countries over the past year, making it by far the most popular tactic for digital election interference.
  • Governments harness big data for social media surveillance. In at least 40 out of 65 countries, authorities have instituted advanced social media monitoring programs. These sophisticated mass surveillance systems can quickly map users' relationships; assign a meaning to their social media posts; and infer their past, present, or future locations.
  • Free expression is under assault. A record high of 47 out of 65 countries featured arrests of users for political, social, or religious speech. Individuals endured physical violence in retribution for their online activities in at least 31 countries.
  • Authorities normalize blanket shutdowns as a policy tool. Social media and communication applications were blocked in at least 20 countries, and telecommunications networks were suspended in 17 countries.
  • More governments enlist bots and fake accounts to manipulate social media. Political leaders employed individuals to surreptitiously shape online opinions and harass opponents in 38 of the 65 countries covered in this report — another new high.

The two reports can be downloaded here:
Facts and figures 2019 — Measuring digital development
Freedom on the Net 2019 – The Crisis of Social Media

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Second Half Surge Gave Radix a Record Breaking Year for Premium Domain Sales Revenue in 2019

DN Journal - Fri, 2020-01-24 17:20
Radix has released their latest semi-annual report detailing the new gTLD registry operator's premium domain sales results for 2H-2019 and the numbers are impressive.
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Pablo Escobar’s family is selling his intellectual property for $1.9 million

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2020-01-24 17:12

Want to own a dead drug lord’s IP?

Escobar Inc. holds a number of trademearks for “Pablo Escobar”, the infamous druglord. The company sells a flamethrower (pictured).

Last year, Pablo Escobar’s heirs won control of the domain name PabloEscobar.com. Now they are putting the domain and the late Colombian drug lord’s intellectual property rights up for sale.

Media Options, a domain name brokerage firm, is handling the sale.

Pablo Escobar’s brother and the former accountant for the Medellin Cartel, Roberto Escobar, re-formed Escobar Inc in 2014. It proceeded to capture as much intellectual property rights as possible.

Now Escobar, Inc. is trying to sell the rights for $1.9 million. The package includes:

  • PabloEscobar.com Domain Name
  • other related domain names including: Escobar.Life, Escobar.World, PabloEscobar.Club, PabloEscobar.us & others…
  • Over 30+ Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Successor-in-interest rights in all 50 United States
  • A painting (fresco) given to Pablo Escobar by his mother on his last birthday before he was killed
  • A video of Roberto Escobar holding the painting mentioned above and telling the story of how his mother gave the painting to Pablo
  • All documentation available providing the details regarding the rights, provenance, chain of custody & authority related to such rights

I’m sure any serious buyer will perform due diligence on the intellectual property. Escobar, Inc. has tried to extract payments from Nexflix for its Narcos series, and has threatened Elon Musk for selling flamethrowers.

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NamesCon sets dates for summer show in Budapest

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2020-01-24 17:03

Domain investing conference will hold its 2020 summer show in Budapest.

Just a week before its big show in Austin, NamesCon has finalized the dates for its summer show in Europe.

The conference will take place August 6-8, 2020 at the Budapest Marriott Hotel on the bank of the Danube.

Budapest appears to have beautiful weather in August, with an average high of 82° Fahrenheit and an average low of 63°.

The European version of the show is smaller than the United States show, but that means more intimate conversations and connections.

Pre-sale passes are available for €249.

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A startup changed its domain from .com to .top

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2020-01-24 16:14

Some companies trade in longer .coms for shorter second level domains in other extensions.

I love watching the Chinese domain market because it is full of surprises. Recently, I read a news story that a Chinese startup changed its domain from .com to .top. That challenges the conventional wisdom of .com being the ultimate upgrade.

Cryptocurrency exchange DCPPlus was founded in 2017 (apparently in Hong Kong) and it operated from the brand-matching domain DCPPlus.com. The exchange handles multiple digital currencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Recently, its name was shortened to simply DCP. To accompany the name change, the founders acquired DCP.top for reportedly 100,000 yuan (about $15,000) on December 6, 2019.

DCP.top has gone live and DCPPlus.com forwards visitors to the new site. Why not upgrade to DCP.com? Well, this is not possible because DCP.com is already being used by the American M&A firm District Capital Partners.

This reminds me of the company Supply whose founders pitched successfully in Shark Tank and received a $300,000 investment last year. The company then changed its domain from GetSupply.com to Supply.co. Why the change? Founder Patrick Coddou later tweeted “it will forever be worth it to not be called Get Supply anymore”. In other words, GetSupply.com misled consumers to believe the company’s name was actually “Get Supply”.

In these two cases, we can see that the founders consider the name part of a domain more important than its extension. In choosing a domain, its name is considered first, followed by its extension – and the name must match the brand.

Of course, the ultimate upgrade remains the exact match .com. Carrot founder Trevor Mauch told Domain Name Wire that people referred to his company as “On Carrot” when his company used the domain OnCarrot.com. He upgraded to Carrot.com.

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GNSO Council: Attend the .ORG Protest!

Domain industry news - Thu, 2020-01-23 22:57

Dear GNSO Council,

Tomorrow EFF, NTEN, Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and other organizations will hold a rally outside of ICANN HQ from 9-11 am. You know about the rally, and you should all attend this event!

Whatever your feelings about the sale of .ORG, you are leaders of the GNSO, the body that makes gTLD policy. This is a gTLD event, and registrants are trying to talk with ICANN, and they are trying to talk with YOU. At this important moment: you are in LA in person and you could be listening and talking with concerned .ORG registrants. What could be more important?

It's also a great time to engage in some of the most treasured of US rights — the protection of free speech and "the right of the people peaceably to assemble."

So join the discussion taking place on the street and sidewalks! Policy discussions are not just for far-away hotel ballrooms!

.ORG Protest
Fri, 1/24, 9-11a AM,
ICANN, 12025 Waterfront Dr.

Best,
Kathy Kleiman

Written by Kathy Kleiman, President, Domain Name Rights Coalition (DNRC)

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