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30 Apr 2017
Among the many issues affecting ICANN's thousand new TLDs is collisions, that
is, the same name already used elsewhere.
The other uses are non-standard and unofficial, but some names turn out to have
been used a lot.
One approach to see how bad the collisions are is controlled interruption,
in which the TLD publishes wildcard records with obvious impossible values, in
the hope that systems that use colliding names see them and do something about it.
The process is pretty simple. For 90 days the domain publishes records like these
currently in the new .hotels TLD:
hotels. 3600 in a 127.0.53.53
hotels. 3600 in mx 10 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
hotels. 3600 in txt "Your DNS configuration needs immediate attention see https://icann.org/namecollision"
hotels. 3600 in srv 10 10 0 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
*.hotels. 3600 in a 127.0.53.53
*.hotels. 3600 in mx 10 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
*.hotels. 3600 in txt "Your DNS configuration needs immediate attention see https://icann.org/namecollision"
*.hotels. 3600 in srv 10 10 0 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
When the 90 days are up, the domain takes out the interruption records, and starts
putting in real ones.
That's the theory, and what the ICANN registry agreements require.
The practice turns out to be different.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/newtldcrud.html
14 Mar 2017
Yesterday at ICANN 58 in Copenhagen there was session on
DNS Abuse Mitigation:
The Cross Community Topic Discussion proposed by the GAC Public Safety
Working Group will focus on ICANN's Efforts, based on answers to
questions in Annex 1 of Hyderabad Communiqué with expected
contributions from ICANN's SSR Team and Contractual Compliance.
In one of the talks, ICANN staff talked about the new Abuse Data Analysis
Platform, with an example with live data, including the ten worst gTLDs,
ranked by the percentage of the TLD's names that have various abuse indicators
(click on the picture to see it at legible size):
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/tenworst.html
31 Jul 2016
The latest ICANN domain auction brought the auction proceeds
piggy bank to about $240 million.
The application fees for the new gTLD round were $361 million
of which, at the
of March, they'd spent $227 million,
and their very conservative estimate is that at
the end of the process they'll have spent $289 million.
If you add the numbers from the private auctions to the ones for
the ICANN auctions, it's as much or more than the application costs.
These suggest a much better way to pay for the next round.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/cheapauction.html
29 Jul 2016
Domain Name Wire is reporting
that the the winning bid in the auction for .WEB was $135,000,000.
Assuming they're right (which they probably are,) that brings the total
web auction piggy bank to over $230 million, more than twice what it
was two days ago.
At the Helsinki meeting there was already a lot of interest in the process to
decide how the money is distributed, but now there'll be twice as much.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/holypetunias.html
23 Jul 2016
This week ICANN will auction off .WEB or .WEBS.
There are seven live applications for .WEB and one for .WEBS.
The string contention process decided that the two names are so similar that they'll
only assign one of them, so all eight applications are in one auction.
(The same string contention process decided that .ACCOUNTANT and .ACCOUNTANTS are both
allowed, as are .AUTO and .AUTOS and .BM and .BMS and .COUPON and .COUPONS and .FAN and
.FANS and .GIFT and .GIFTS and .LOAN and .LOANS and .ML and .MLS and .NEW and .NEWS and
.REVIEW and .REVIEWS and .SA and .SAS and .SB and .SBS and .TV and .TVS and .WATCH
and .WATCHES and .WORK and .WORKS, but I guess the Web is special.)
There are some deep pocketed bidders in this round including Google, Donuts, web.com which owns
Network Solutions and a lot of other web properties, and Schlund which owns the largest
web hoster 1&1.
Google paid $25 million for .APP and GMO paid $41 million for .SHOP.
It's hard to see how .WEB would be worth less than either of those unless bidder
fatigue sets in.
So stay tuned and we'll shortly know how much more will be added to the $104 million
already in the Giant Pile of Auction Money.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/webauc.html
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