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New York AG Asks Domain Name Registrars to Halt and De-list Domain Names Used for Coronavirus-Related Scams and Fake Remedies

New York Attorney General Letitia James Friday sent letters to a number of domain name registrars in an effort to stop the registration and use of domain names by individuals trying to unlawfully and fraudulently profit off consumers’ fears around the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Over the last two months, the Office of the Attorney […]

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Donuts On Its Domain Protection Service, Mitigating Homographic Abuse And Better Protecting Brands And Individuals

Donuts, operator of 239 new gTLDs and managing 5.8 million domain names, has developed its own service that helps to protect registrants in its gTLDs from malicious registrations. The service, called Domains Protected Marks List, or DPML, today protects 3,500 of the world’s largest consumer brands. The service was enhanced in 2018 to include logic […]

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ICANN’s GDD Industry Summit and DNS Symposium Cancelled

ICANN Wednesday announced that its annual GDD Industry Summit and ICANN DNS Symposium, which were to be held in Paris, France, in early May 2020, have been cancelled. The decision to cancel these events was made in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus outbreak and, for the GDD Summit, included conversations with the Contracted […]

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ICANN: Phase 1 Initial Report of the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process

Brief Overview Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Phase 1 Initial Report of the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process (PDP). The PDP Phase 1 focuses on reviewing all the RPMs and associated structures and procedures applicable to gTLDs launched under the 2012 […]

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.IL Now Allows Registrations Up To 5 Years

ISOC-IL announced via a news release last week that registrants of domain names for Israel’s ccTLD are now able to register and renew .il domain names for up to 5 years. Previously the options were for one or 2 years. The change occurred on 1 January 2020, but this is the first public announcement of […]

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ICANN’s Open Data Platform Now Live

ICANN Thursday announced the launch of the Open Data Platform. This effort is part of ICANN‘s Open Data Program (ODP) operationalized by the Office of the Chief Operations Officer. The goal of the Open Data Program is to provide the ICANN community with access to ICANN publicly available data. This first version of the new […]