So Far Only Three Major 4 Year Colleges Have Registered a .Education Domain

The new gTLD .Education opens up for live registrations on April 2nd but of course had a Sunrise period early for trademark holders and its in the final day of the Early Access Program.

Going through the zone file I only found only  three what you would consider major, 4 year brick and mortar universities that applied for a .Education domain;

Arizona State University registered  ArizonaState.education,  ArizonaStateuniversity.education, Sundevil.education and  Sundevils.education.

Auburn University registered AuburnUniversity.education (Auburn.Education is reserved or on the ICANN blocked list)

The University of Colorado registered UniversityofColorado.education (Colorado.education  is reserved or on the ICANN blocked list)

I found three more 4 year colleges that registered a .education domain;

Davidson College which is located in North Carolina registered Davidson.education and DavidsonCollege.education

Lake Michigan College  registered the domain name LakeMichiganCollege.education

Northwestern Christian University whose current site is nwcu.edu registered NorthwesternChristianUniversity.education

The University of South Australia registered the Universityofsouthaustralia.education.

There were a few registrations from online universities and education programs including;

barbri.education

bell.education

berlitz.education

concordia.education

mosesbrown.education

Several community colleges got an .education domain including:

gatewaycommunitycollege.education

glendalecommunitycollege.education

maricopacommunitycolleges.education

mckinleycollege.education

mesacommunitycollege.education

phoenixcollege.education

scottsdalecommunitycollege.education

southmountaincommunitycollege.education

Although not schools I did see a couple of interesting registrations:

MayoClinic.education was registered to the very famous hospital

YMCA.education was registered by the organization not the Village People

The domain names, Book.education and Books.education were registered yesterday on EAP 4 by Domain Licenses Limited of London who used brand protection company and registrar comlaude.co.uk

Of course there is a .edu domain for accredited institutions which has been around as long as .com.  .Edu is shorter and of course has been used for over 25 years so I think .education would be most valuable to a generic buyer.

Kim Dot Com Forms Political Party in New Zealand

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According to begeek.fr, Kim Dotcom , has launched a political party in New Zealand  in time for  New Zealand’s general election in September.

The name of the party is The Internet Party.

Arrested in January 2012 after a massive raid by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, Kim Dotcom is currently on bail in New Zealand .

Kim Dot Com whose real name is Kim Shmitz according to the story Kim Dot Com,  formed the party to “fight for the freedom of the internet and technology , respect for privacy and political reforms”.

Dotcom’s Internet Party promises free high-speed internet, a high-tech job boom, restricted government surveillance and a review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as part of its political platform.

A political party for those who are concerned about the digital future

The Party addresses “citizens who have never voted before, who were disappointed by the vote or who do not like the current selection ” , it is intended to “those who concerned about the digital future and want an open , free and fair society “.

It does not appear that Kim Dot Com owns the domain name theinternetparty.com or Internetparty.com

According to RT.com, to enter the NZ parliament, the Internet Party would have to clinch an electoral seat or cross the 5 percent electoral threshold to find representation in the 120-member body.

 

1st URS Filed On a .UNO Domain, Aeropostale.uno Leads The Weekly URS Report

The first URS has been filed on a .Uno domain name .

.Uno just launched this week.

The clothing maker Aeropostale filed a URS against the domain name Aeropostale.Uno which was just registered on the 21st of March

We figured we might as well scheuldue every Friday afternoon a URS weekly report

So A few other URS were filed or decided over the last few days including bbva.careers and bbva.ventures which are both now suspended after A URS was filed by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

The domain lidl.land was suspended after a URS was filed by Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG

Guess, which is a big Clothing an Jeans designer apparently did spent the money to register Guess.Clothing which is right up their wheel house and resulted in another URS filing.

Guess also filed a UDRP on the domain name Guessonline.com

The equipment maker Stihl filed a URS on the domain name  stihl.equipment

Ripoffreport.company also got hit with a URS filing.

Richard Branson’s company got the domain name virginaustralia.holdings suspended.

Although not a new gTLD, a UDRP was filed on the domain name GoAlamo.name today

ICANN Acts: .VG; .ZM; Collision Issue, Approves Studies For 2 Round; Get’s Ready For US Exit

ICANN Board passed some resolutions last night on the last day of the ICANN Meeting in Singapore:

1.  ICANN re-delegate the .VG country-code top-level domain to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of the British Virgin Islands.

You might remember there was a “dispute within AdamsNames Ltd., the listed technical contact for .VG which is currently responsible for operating the name servers for the registry. The dispute raised concerns over the stability of the domain as well as over the pricing for registration of second-level domains under .VG.”

2. ICANN delegated the .ZM country-code top-level domain to the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority

3.  On the Collision issue the ICANN Board made several resolutions including getting a final report on collision from the author of the report by May 2014

Recommendation 1: ICANN should work with the wider Internet community, including at least the IAB and the IETF, to identify (1) what strings are appropriate to reserve for private namespace use and (2) what type of private namespace use is appropriate (i.e., at the domain top-level only or at any additional lower level).

 

Recommendation 2: ICANN should explicitly consider the following questions regarding trial delegation and clearly articulate what choices have been made and why as part of its decision as to whether or not to delegate any TLD on a trial basis:

 

  • Purpose of the trial: What type of trial is to be conducted? What data are to be collected?
  • Operation of the trial: Should ICANN (or a designated agent) operate the trial or should the applicant operate it?
  • Emergency Rollback: What are the emergency rollback decision and execution procedures for any delegation in the root, and have the root zone partners exercised these capabilities?
  • Termination of the trial: What are the criteria for terminating the trial (both normal and emergency criteria)? What is to be done with the data collected? Who makes the decision on what the next step in the delegation process is?

 

Recommendation 3: ICANN should explicitly consider under what circumstances un-delegation of a TLD is the appropriate mitigation for a security or stability issue. In the case where a TLD has an established namespace, ICANN should clearly identify why the risk and harm of the TLD remaining in the root zone is greater than the risk and harm of removing a viable and in-use namespace from the DNS. Finally, ICANN should work in consultation with the community, in particular the root zone management partners, to create additional processes or update existing processes to accommodate the potential need for rapid reversal of the delegation of a TLD.

 

Given previous experiences, it is likely that in a timeframe of 6 to 18 months the advice could materialize in the form of a Request for Comments (RFC).

 

With respect to Recommendations 2 and 3, ICANN is working with the community to develop a framework to address name collisions, which includes the specific measures identified in SAC062, in the mitigation strategy for name collision risks.

The development of this framework is a follow-up action called for in the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan adopted by the NGPC on 7 October 2013. ICANN commissioned JAS Global Advisors LLC (“JAS”) to produce the follow-up study, and to produce recommendations to be implemented by all new gTLD registries.

The JAS study provides a set of recommendations that describe a comprehensive approach to reducing current and future DNS namespace collisions, including the measures recommended by the SSAC in SAC062.

Currently, the recommendations in the JAS study are published for public comment.

After the close of the public comment period, JAS will produce a final version of the study, taking into account public comments. The final JAS report is expected to be presented to the Board for consideration in May 2014. At that time, the Board will consider the fiscal impacts of the recommendations.”

4.  More Studies.

ICANN President and CEO, or his designee, is hereby directed to immediately:

        Secure one or more qualified survey firm to conduct a global consumer survey to gather baseline measurements in the areas of consumer trust and consumer choice.The Board authorizes the contracting for and disbursement of payments of up to [AMOUNT REDACTED FOR NEGOTIATION PURPOSES] to conduct this global survey to establish the baseline and to conduct subsequent follow-up surveys. The survey should ensure coverage in each of the five ICANN Geographic regions, and where relevant ensure a mix of developed and developing countries in each region.

  • Secure one or more qualified economic firm to conduct an economic study to take into account the impact of new gTLDs on competition in the DNS ecosystem, including consideration of relevant pricing data.    The economic study should take into account the wholesale and retail prices (including aftermarket prices) for ccTLD and gTLD domain names now and at a later point; take into account TLD startup and launch phases as well as ongoing operations; and include an analysis of the findings in light of the competitive conditions of the domain name sector. The contract terms should require strict confidentiality and use of data only in aggregate form, as well as other safeguards to protect against misuse of the data collected. The Board authorizes the contracting for and disbursement of payments of up to [AMOUNT REDACTED FOR NEGOTIATION PURPOSES] to conduct this economic study to establish a baseline against which subsequent follow-on surveys will be measured, and to conduct the subsequent follow-on surveys.

5.

Whereas, to support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, on 14 March 2014 the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition its stewardship of key Internet technical coordination functions to the global multistakeholder community.

As the first step, NTIA asked ICANN to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the technical coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).

Whereas, ICANN has now launched global multistakeholder community discussions to begin the work called for in the NTIA announcement, starting with numerous sessions held during ICANN‘s 49th Public Meeting in Singapore. These discussions will be used to develop the mechanism for stewardship transition with respect to the DNS technical coordination functions, and the transition of AOC accountability.

Whereas, with the launch of the global multistakeholder community discussions, the need for and purpose of the Globalization Advisory Groups has been minimized.

Resolved (2014.03.27.27), the Board hereby dissolves the Globalization Advisory Groups addressing AoC, policy structures, legal structure, the root server system, and the IANA multistakeholder accountability, and directs that the work contemplated to be undertaken by these Globalization Advisory Groups be considered as part of the recently initiated global multistakeholder community discussions that will help develop the mechanism for stewardship transition with respect to the DNS technical coordination or IANA functions, and help develop the mechanism for the transition of AOC accountability.

Resolved (2014.03.27.28), the Board hereby dissolves the Globalization Advisory Group addressing Internet governance, as the Board anticipates that the work contemplated to be undertaken by this Globalization Advisory Group will be incorporated into the work being undertaken by the Cross-Community Working Group on Internet Governance.

Whibse.com New Bulk Domain Lookup Tool

Domain name intelligence service Whibse.com has released an update to its bulk Whois tool that “quickly and accurately retrieves and fully parses all fields in the Whois records, along with reputation information, all IP address information, all server information”

“If you wanted to get hundreds or thousands of domain name Whois records along with all of the server, reputation and similar data, there wasn’t really a good way to do it John Horton President of Whibse told theDomains.com

Whibse is an updated website interface for conducting fully parsed, bulk Whois (domain name registration data) lookups.

The company also announced the addition of new data fields, including server, geolocation, and reputational data, to assist with domain name intelligence gathering and analysis.

The company said it expects to mark its millionth Whois lookup this week.

Whibse retrieves multiple Whois records simultaneously. The data is returned in spreadsheet or HTML format, with all fields in the Whois record, including registrant, address, city, state, and country parsed into separate columns.

 

In addition to bulk Whois lookups, the company has added new data fields that can be used for cybercrime analysis, brand protection, and domain name intelligence, such as IP address, hosting company, geolocation, start-of-authority record, mail servers, name servers, title tags, meta tags, and registry information.

Third-party reputational data on each website, such as Alexa and Web of Trust lookups, also have been added.

The company said that most of the use during Whibse’s “pre-beta” stage was by individuals or companies involved in cybercrime analysis, brand or trademark protection, or anti-abuse activity such as the reporting of spam and phishing. “Analyzing infringement or abuse trends often requires reviewing the Whois or DNS records for hundreds or thousands of websites at a time,” the company said in a statement.

“Now, Whibse makes it possible to retrieve all of that data in a few minutes, instead of spending days or weeks laboriously copying and pasting data cell-by-cell — making analysis infinitely easier.”

As part of its brand-protection suite, the company permits registered users to input a text string, such as a protected trademark, and retrieve all the domain names containing that text, along with all the associated Whois, server, reputational, and other data associated with all the websites, to monitor the use or misuse of their trademark.

“Whibse’s goal is to make domain name intelligence, brand protection and cybercrime analysis simpler,” the company’s blog says. The company states that additional features for “everyday Internet users” are under development and expected to be released in the coming months.