Friday, 30 October 2009

ICANN IDN presentation

IDN Fast Track

ICANN board has approved the Internationalized Domain Name Fast Track Process which means that countries and territories will be able to get domain names at the Top Level in their own language like .公司 (".com“ Gongsi) or .中国 (".china“ Zhongguo).
At the moment 32 applications are expected in 15 languages - including Chineses, Hindi, Cyrillic and Hebrew - but many more is sure to come.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 4

It is now official that a fourth version of the Draft Application Guidebook will be released before a final version.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Timeline for first application round

My business partner Jannik Skou is attending the ICANN meeting in Seoul these days. He tells me that first application periode will most likely be postponed once more and that ICANN works with no official timeline at the moment.
ICANN has to solve all overarching issues in a more thorough and what they refer to as "swift" manner.
This new situation causes a lot frustration amongst those organizations and companies that have invested heavily in engaging in applying for an promoting new gTLDs, be it regions, cities, private enterprizes. On the other hand most brand owners are probably satisfied - this will give them some time to decide and it might indicate that some of the IRT recommondations will be taken into considerations once more.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

.emarat (.امارات)

As part of its strategy to support and enhance Arabic content on the Internet, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced its plan to launch .emarat (.امارات).

Along with the enhanced oportunities of showing a local presence new TLD's and especially IDN's will demand a strong domain name strategy that include effective monitoring and superior language skills.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

DotPost

ICANN and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have reached an agreement in principle for the UPU sponsorship of the .POST Top-Level Domain.

The new Top Level Domain was proposed by UPU to ICANN in 2004 and aims to set apart the electronic services increasingly offered by postal agencies around the world. Read more here.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 3

DAG3 has been released. I haven't had the chance of reading it yet but will of course post relevant changes here when I've read it. You will find the Guidebook here