Domain Names - Industry

The swing of the EU pendulum

by Luc

So, there's been a lot of fuss lately about the Whois databases of registry and registrar companies going dark due to European data privacy laws. This led to some panic among the internet community, but don't worry, it's not as bad as it seems. The EU legislators were trying to protect critical infrastructure and economies, so they included DNS industry actors in a Directive. However, some people are misinterpreting this as mandating registrars and registries to maintain complete domain name registration information databases. But that's not true, and the Directive's ambiguity poses a risk of fragmentation between the 27 national legislations.

Bare with us, your policy will be delivered in just a moment

by Luc

This article is all about ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and the problem they're facing when it comes to implementing new policies. The buzzwords at the recent Cancun ICANN meeting were "inflexion point" and it seemed like everyone was contractually obligated to say it at least once every three sentences! The issue at hand is that ICANN has a delivery problem - it's been seven years since a new policy was implemented

Solving privacy issues post GDPR

by Luc

When GDPR came into force in 2018, the redaction of whois databases caused a lot of concern about internet security. To solve the problem of getting non-public registration data without breaking privacy laws, the EPDP Team suggested a complex system called the Standardised Access System for Non-public Registration Data (SSAD). But it was too costly and complicated. So, ICANN is testing a simpler system called the Registration Data Request Service (RDRS), which connects users with ICANN-accredited registrars.

How working groups tackle DNS Abuse

by Luc

The article discusses a group of registrars at ICANN working to address DNS abuse, which includes publishing white papers and developing an Abuse Contact IDentifier tool. The group has conducted outreach sessions with other ICANN stakeholder groups and law enforcement agencies. The article concludes that the group will likely become permanent due to the ongoing issue of online abuse.

ICANN's fight against DNS abuse

by Luc

ICANN operates on a multi-stakeholder model, where every internet community has a voice in developing policies. However, it also relies on contractual instruments negotiated between ICANN and the contracted parties. These contracts include the Registry Agreement, the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, and the Registry-Registrar Agreement, which are negotiated directly between ICANN, registries, and registrars. The following focusses on the recent amendment to these agreements, which requires contracted parties to take reasonable and appropriate action to mitigate or disrupt domain registrations engaged in DNS Abuse.

16 hottest domains for Sports & Fitness

by Amélie

Looking for domain name ideas for your Sports and Fitness business? Here is the list of our 16 best domain extensions and real-life examples for businesses and professionals in the Sports & Fitness industry.