Hackathon for .bh domain names


The Telecommunication Authority of Bahrain has launched a Hackathon to promote the country’s .bh ccTLD. This was the first edition of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hackathon. This event was inaugurated in association with the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

What is the concept of ‘Universal Acceptance’ recently introduced by ICANN


Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently announced a new initiative that is going to radically change the Internet and how we interact with the cyber world. ICANN has talked about a concept called ‘Universal Acceptance’ and has advised all the Registry and Registrar systems to adopt the novel initiative.

ICANN to hold Webinars for the proposed WHOIS Disclosure System


ICANN has for a long time been receiving persistent requests about one thing. A change in its WHOIS Disclosure System. There is a system by which we can find information related to the registrant of a domain name. The WHOIS feature.  Why is this information required? Sometimes, a domain name might be infringing upon someone’s trademarks or being used for any other illegal activity. For these...

First ever DNS Forum in Asia Pacific Region


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is about to launch its new edition of Domain Name System (DNS) Forum for the Asia Pacific Reason. The virtually conducted forum would be the first event of its type in the Asia Pacific Reason. In order for ICANN’s DNS policies to be holistic, inclusive and acceptable to all, ICANN conducts such forums worldwide. These forums allow...

Contradicting views on ICANN’s DNS Abuse Trends report


ICANN has recently published its report on the trends in DNS Abuse cases perpetrating online. The report covers cases occurring in the period of the past 4 years, beginning October 2017 till January 2022.  The report however, did present some facts that might appear contradicting to the prevailing notions of DNS Abuse trends. The report presents a counter-argument to the perspective that DNS...

50,000th Cybersquatting Case


As of 30/11/2020 World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has registered it’s 50,000th ‘cybersquatting’ case. WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre that handles trans-country domain name disputes announced this on WIPO’s website. Cybersquatting refers to a situation that occurs when someone registers a domain name in bad faith or to gain profit from an established trademark. Cases...

PIR get its new CTO


Public Interest Registry, the company that manages the .org has appointed its new Chief Technology Officer. The company has appointed the vastly experienced Rick Wilhelm at its senior most technology post.  Rick has a plethora of working knowledge related to domain name registry and registrar services. Rick had been earlier working as VP Platform Management for VeriSign, the registry for ...

Would You Pay $195 For A .CPA Domain


Starting July 1, licensed CPA firms would be able to register their .CPA name for an amount of $195 per year that amounts to almost $2000 for a 10 year registration. .CPA promises to protect the industry from hackers and squatters as it can only be registered by entities verified and recognised by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). Since the .com domains are...

US Lawmakers Demand Access To Domain Owner Records


Coronavirus related domain names have become the new paradise for scammers and fraudsters. A report  by Palo Alto’s Unit 42 researchers published in May found that more than 86,600 domains out of the 1.2 Million newly registered domain names with keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak from March 9 to April 26, 2020 were classified as risky or malicious. On an average, 1,767 such...

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