” let us also seek to stimulate regulatory policies that take advantage of the power of competition to reduce costs. ” Vint Cerf RFC 3271 2002
In 2002 Vert Cerf, the leading proponent of the Internet Society money grab on .org. was singing a different tune.
From RFC 3271 in 2002.
“The Internet is for everyone – but it won’t be if it isn’t affordable by all that wish to partake of its services, so we must dedicate ourselves to making the Internet as affordable as other infrastructures so critical to our well-being. While we follow Moore’s Law to reduce
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Is ICANN itself a threat to the safety and security of the Internet.
OPINION. by H.Page Howe
Recently highlighted by CircleID, The NRO, one of the more independent administrative bodies governing the Internet, took an unprecedented move to weigh in on the increasing move away from any sense of listening to the public by ICANN in its decisions.
ICANN has expertly removed itself from all accountability to the US Government, or anyone else. With a war chest of $300,000,000 and complete rule over its elections and rules; ICANN plays a constant game of jurisdictional hopscotch between those looking for … Read the rest
Verisign Blog Monthly Lists Haven’t Been Issued Since August
Over the past few years Verisign, on their blog, has reported some Top Ten lists of keywords or strings registered in .com and .net. This hasn’t always been the most registered names, just names trending up compared to the past. I haven’t seen a list since a September post for August domains.
I posted about my predictions for the Top Ten Lists for October and how some words that didn’t make sense were showing up… and some trademarks. Some unique words started to appear like gate, quibet, yacai. Some of these … Read the rest
ccTLD Updates. .CA goes negative and .CO In Dispute
The .CA Authority has “gone negative” in their promotion to encourage registration of .CA names for Canadian residents and businesses. While the first set of ads encouraged patriotism and logic (Showing stats Canadians prefer .ca); now its full-on guilt and shaming. Using a term from Political campaigning where a candidate attacks their rivals, this is called “going negative”.
.CA’s recent advertising called .com registrants traitors and suggested they are similar to registered offenders. They were running commercials in Canada with police chasing .com registrants. Hey don’t hold back, tell me what … Read the rest
As I contemplate the trip to Austin for Namescon in a month, I wonder if anything has really changed in our Business in the past five years. I will be bringing some new insights on domain name investing and community in February. I want to know who else is disrupting. My conclusion is we have become pretty insular.
For me I still like buying and selling internet real estate and educating domain investors and the public on the domain name industry. I am a Domain “homer”. I still don’t make enough money on sales to buy everything I want…. maybe … Read the rest
There is no historic practice in a legacy gTLD to raise prices 10%, except yours.
If you search for anything related to the .org deal, you will find a paid spot at the top of search engine results for KeyPointsAbout.org. They have various taglines like
“We would never make dramatic price increases, as we know that would harm .ORG customers. Get the details about .ORG pricing and other information regarding the transaction.” (Source Google Search)
So from the start, only because of the sale to Ethos Capital, the .org registry, awarded to the non-profit Internet Society, is spending … Read the rest
Surprise, Surprise. ICANN enriches its own. But, is there any upside? My only hope is a more powerful and well-funded .org can do the things Verisign hasn’t: promote the use of domain names in the face of the takeover of the browser bar by large captive search engines and social networks.
As we detailed before, because Verisign is beholden to shareholders and any marketing expense reduces earnings and could lower their billions in market value; they don’t spend to enforce the benefits of registering and owning domain names.
The .com registry is more a revolving door scheme where … Read the rest
Although a two year old Medium post, I think this read gives a pretty good take on the buyer’s side of the domain name process
My comments after reading.
- Its clear we don’t do a good jump of making the process easy or understandable. The one point that buyers do understand is using an escrow service to complete the transaction.
- Buyers still think myopically a world exists where the name they thought of should be available up until the moment they wanted it. They cant imagine that if I didn’t own their name for resale, someone else could have clearly
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CCtld News and Update
On our twice monthly Cctld update I’l look at the recent .US Town Hall meeting. My takeaway was a “reminder” during the call that the perception you have to be a US resident or incorporated business isn’t really true. I’ll finish at the end with some available for registration prospects in the .US namespace.
For other updates, one of our sponsors, Toweb tracks news and updates and quick comments on their homepage.
.US Town Hall Meeting
.US held their 2019 Town Hall Meeting to review progress and introduce the new Stakeholder Council members (think of … Read the rest
Can you Pick the Top Keywords for October?
Every month Verisign publishes a list of some of the most upward trending words in domain name registrations in .com and .net. To make this glimpse at top trending words, Verisign uses some of the same info you can get at any time from their DomainScope product. We reviewed DomainScope earlier in the year.
So here are my picks for the upcoming report on words trending in registrations. Play along at home and comment below with your picks. I’ll summarize if you got them right after the reports release.
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