Category Archives: New Top Level Domains

ICANN and UASG Publish Results of Universal Acceptance Study for New gTLDs

ICANN has published a new study in cooperation with the Universal Acceptance Steering Committee: An Analysis of New gTLD Universal Acceptance. “Universal Acceptance” has to do with the objective of removing all technical obstacles which prevent end-users accessing web addresses with the new Top-Level Domains, regardless of the web browser, email client, Internet application, computer or device being used. The study, undertaken with the support of ICANN, can be downloaded here. Continue reading

How are the German Based Geographic gTLDs Fairing?

German based gTLDs and their activity – Volume 1

Now that the New gTLD Program has been active for over a year, there have been 45 Geographic gTLDs delegated in the root by ICANN. 34 of these are “City” designated gTLDs with nine more classified as “Regions”. DotBERLIN leads the way in total second-level domain (SLD) names according to the zonefile with over 150.000 registrations.

Mentioned previously in the domain industry as to the high total, many .berlin names were offered to Registrants for free through varying promotions. eco holds no opinion as to this promotional tactic other than to note that it explains how it contains more registrations than other geographic strings. Rounding out a top three, the next largest geographic gTLDs in terms of zonefile counts are .nyc and .london at 75,000 and 59,000 respectively. While total registrations do not provide a complete measure of successes, it is still an important indicator. Updated daily charts of the top five Geographic gTLDs can be found on our dashboard page, which track pre-2012 and post-2012 gTLDs activity. Total geographic names registered week ending 25 April 2015 was just above 573.000 or almost 12% of all New gTLDs registered. So, where do the German based geographic names compare against the others?

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52nd ICANN Meeting: Discussion on IANA and the Administration of the Internet Determine the Agenda in Singapore

Who will take on the supervision of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from September 2015? This question is currently dominating all international discussions on Internet Governance and was also a central topic at the 52nd ICANN Meeting, which took place from 8-12 February in Singapore. Representing eco – the Association of the German Internet Industry were eco Chairman of the Board Prof. Michael Rotert and Director of Policy and Law Oliver Süme, along with Thomas Rickert and Lars Steffen from eco Business Development. eco used the platform of the meeting above all to consult on national guidelines and recommendations for action for the transition of the IANA Stewardship. Continue reading