Archive for September, 2012
Google lost a domain battle with ICANN and its arbitration body over a domain name spelled Oogle.com. As many are aware, a long-term strategy for any domain reseller is to purchase domain name misspellings, which may siphon traffic away from your core brand (or those of your clients!).
Google argued that Oogle.com is confusingly similar to Google.com and should be transferred over to the search giant.
This type of alleged infringement typically falls under a category called “typosquatting” which may also attempt to make the design of the page look similar to the real site.
Do you have ever get confused by what ICANN actually does and how it may, over the long term, affect your role as a domain name reseller?
We took a look at the ICANN strategic plan that covers 2012 to 2016 that specifically lays out its mission statement and overall global vision.
Who is ICANN?
ICANN is the global organization that coordinates the Internet’s unique identifier systems for worldwide public benefit, enabling a single, global interoperable Internet. ICANN’s inclusive multi-stakeholder model and community-developed policies facilitate the use of the Internet’s systems unique identifiers by the billions of computers, phones, and other devices that connect people to one Internet.
Yes, that’s the number of domain names now registered worldwide according to VeriSign INC, in its latest domain name industry brief. And, at least 7 million new domains were added to the Internet in the first part of 2012 representing a 3.3% growth rate over last year’s numbers.
“The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 116.7 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the first quarter of 2012,” said VeriSign. “This represents a 2.5 percent increase in the base over the fourth quarter of 2011 and an 8.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2011. The .com registry also grew to more than 100 million domain names during the quarter”
Check out new infographic below by World IPv6 Launch, the body tasked by the Internet Society to help fast track and streamline the move towards a new Internet protocol.
IPv6 is a new protocol designed to replace IPv4, which essentially will stop the Internet from running out of IP addresses that are crucial to handle new users and websites coming online over the next decade.
Today marks a monumental day; we’re happy to announce our founding membership and the formation of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition). The i2Coalition is a group of more than 40 industry leaders from infrastructure providers, like us, to general technology companies. The mission is to drive the “nuts and bolts” of the Internet ensuring its unaltered growth.
The idea behind the organization came during a time when the free-flow of information and growth of the Internet was under scrutiny as officials and the media industry pushed for the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The i2Coalition’s mission and goals are to be a strong, united, voice for public policies to safeguard Internet protection.
As part of the launch, i2Coalition published a video with co-founder and board chair, Chris Dawson, outlining the priorities and mission of the organization. Visit www.i2Coalition.com to view the video.
Along with our fellow i2Coalition colleagues, we support the needs of the Internet infrastructure industry to develop market-based standards to drive innovation, which is crucial for continued growth. We intend to be a unified voice for public policy advocacy and education for the industry.
As we work together we’re confident that we will continue to have successful results in the public arena to promise future growth of a very important industry. We, with other founding members, wish for you to consider becoming part of the i2Coalition by visiting the membership area to learn more!