SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. All about DPML Plus

2. Half-price .org domains

3. Events at Gandi

3. Events outside Gandi

5. Recently-delegated TLDs

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

Have you been paying attention?

This month has been full of distractions (though let's not go there). But relax. We're hear to catch you up on what you may have missed at Gandi.

Let's start with a new, limited-time option from Donuts for new gTLDs called DPML Plus. We'll guide you through what regular old DPML is and then see what's changing and what the Plus is for.

Then we'll stop off at .org for an excellent promo that just got going.

After that, in case you missed it, we'll give you a rundown on what we've been up to. We've been busy this past month and this coming one, both inside our offices and outside.

And then we'll see what ICANN's been up to, at least in terms of delegating new strings, with this month's Recently-delegated TLDs update.

And as always, we'll peek at the TLD release calendar and then round up this month's promos.

Anyway, we know it's so easy for things to slip by when you're not watching. That's why we're summing it all up here.

Changes to Donuts's DPML protection

While it may be of general interest to just about anyone, Donuts's DPML protection program is mostly of interest to those who own trademarks and want to protect them across new TLDs. If that's you and you didn't catch our rundown of the changes to the program, we suggest looking into it. At least before the end of the year when things really change.

What it is and what changed | Back to top

Half-price .org domains

Another time-sensitive bit of news that we wouldn't want you to miss this month is that .org domains are currently half-price on the first year of registration. Take a look at our full promo roundup below and you'll notice that most of them are new TLDs. It's pretty rare to see such a significant promo on an old standby like .org. And this one's only good for first 5,000 domains created and only goes until the end of the year, so get them while they're still hot.

Get a half-price .org while you can | Back to top

Events at Gandi

We've had a busy month across our various offices. Here's just a few things we've been up to.

Kernel Recipes

Kernel Recipes
Running from September 28 through 30 in Paris, Gandi helped sponsor Kernel Recipes, consisting of three days of about 20 talks (plus "lightning" talks). If the name doesn't make it obvious, Kernel Recipes largely revolves around discussions of open source, especially kernel.org.

For photos, videos, and more for this year's event, check them out on the Kernel Recipes site.

CaliOpen
Since 2013, we've been sponsoring the open source messaging project CaliOpen as one of our premier sponsored projects. This past month, CaliOpen announced that they'd secured financing from BPIFrance.

If you don't yet know of CaliOpen, it's an open source project to make secure electronic communication of all forms easy. For details, check out CaliOpen's site.

Holberton
On the US side of things, we've opened our doors up to Holberton School, a project-based, peer learning programming school. We're devoting a portion of our office space in SoMA in San Francisco as a co-working space and we've been glad to see them stopping by.

You can find out more about Holberton School on their website.

Or read the press release or even this cio.com article or more information on the help we're providing.

See photos and videos from Kernel Recipes 2016 | Check out CaliOpen (in French) | Find out more about Holberton School | Back to top

Events outside Gandi

M3AAWG Paris
From October 24 through October 27 members of our abuse team based in Paris (they mitigate abuse, not deal it out, in case you were wondering) attended M3AAWG, the Messaging Malware Anti-Abuse Working Group. M3AAWG is a critical part of developing best practices for combating online spam, fraud, and malware online
We're happy to be able to participate in M3AAWG meetings and just as previous meetings have taken place right in our neighborhood in San Francisco, this time our home city of Paris was selected, which is convenient for us.

ICANN Hyderabad
We've been covering a lot of ICANN-related news lately, and maybe that was in part out of anticipation for ICANN57.

ICANN

ICANN57 just wrapped up in Hyderabad and according to some changes in the structure and rhythm of ICANN meetings approved back in 2014, ICANN57 was a little longer than ICANN56, lasting a full seven days, with two public forum sessions. As of two ICANN sessions ago that's now the norm.

While, admittedly, a great depth of material isn't available, a good starting point for anyone who missed ICANN57 but are curious about the meeting is ICANN's blog.

Otherwise, we also use this meeting as a chance to meet face-to-face with many of our partners up and down the domain name food chain, and it was of course great to have that opportunity as well. With .blog launching this month, the registry held a big launch party which was about as lit as a TLD release party an get.

As for future events, as the year comes to a close and the winter Federal holiday season approaches, we don't expect a lot of upcoming events. However, keep on eye on our meet up page for The Root Zone, our periodic DNS-themed meet up we coordinate with CloudFlare.

M3AAWG | ICANN Blog | Back to top

Recently-Delegated TLDs

Releases

While battles for this month's batch of newly delegated TLDs are long over, in case you missed them, this past month's recently-delegated new TLDs post focuses on the question of who is better suited to be awarded the contract for a new gTLD: an organization or company already closely associated with the TLD or a large "portfolio" registry?

Find out how this month's TLDs answer that question | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

Not many TLDs will be or have already been released this month, but there are a few. In particular, we wanted to highlight .blog, entering the GoLive phase November 21. This is a great opportunity to do some one-stop shopping by getting a .blog and attaching it to a Simple Hosting instance with one-click Wordpress installation (see our guide for more information)

Releases

Tuesday November 8:

.makeup (GoLive)

Monday November 21:

.blog (GoLive)

Wednesday November 27:

.娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a "entertainment") (GoLive)
.企业
(.xn--vhquv "company") (GoLive)
.商店
(.xn--czrs0t "shop") (GoLive)
.游戏
(.xn--unup4y "games") (GoLive)

 

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Promo Roundup

Yeehaww! We're rounding up a whole herd of promos this month (including that .org one we mentioned above) in this month's Promo Roundup. Catch up with the full roundup below:

Promos this month

Only in November:

.top creations $1.00 and renewals half-price
.club renewals reduced-price
.me just $5.00

.eu half-price

Starting November 1:

.org half-price through December 31 -- first 5,000 domains only!

Starting November 7:

.markets, .trading 75% off first year through February 12 

Starting November 8:

.shop creation for $9.99 until January 31

Ending November 30:

.design $10.00 through November 30
.link $4.50 through November 30
.photo $5.00
through November 30
.audio, .hiphop, .guitars $9.03, $12.84 , and $16.22 through November 30

Ongoing promotions:

.cat $5.00 through January 11
 
.live, .studio, .video half-price through December 31
.desi half-price through December 31
.store
$7.99 per year in GoLive through December 31

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31
.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31
.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31
 .xyz $3.99 per year through December 31
.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)
.gdn $1.50 until until December 31

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With plenty out there to distract this month, we wouldn't be surprised if you missed a few of the things we talked about above. We hope you've caught up now. But did we miss something? Or maybe you just miss us and need someone to talk to. Either way, tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


After a flood of Brand TLDs delegated and in September very few TLDs delegated, ICANN is back to adding strings to the root zone at a steady clip with three generic TLDs added this month.

The three generic TLDs delegated this month pose the question: Who is the best steward of a TLD closely associated with real world organizations?

The application process and final delegation results for .radio, .basketball, and .baseball provide an answer to this question. But not without some messy fights between some of the respective applicants.

Releases

.radioOctober 12

There were four applicants for .radio, three of which—BRS Media Inc. (registry for .am and .fm), Donuts (who submitted a PIC) and Afilias—submitted a standard application while the fourth, the European Broadcasting Union (or EBU) submitted a Community Priority Application.

If you're familiar with the Eurovision contest, then you're at least passingly familiar with EBU (in fact, they also applied for .eurovision as a Brand TLD). Besides that, they are an international association composed largely of national, government-sponsored or government-run broadcasters. Their application was additionally supported by the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) and the Association Mondiale des Radiodiffuseurs Communautaires (AMARC) as well as a number of other amateur and professional radio organizations.

Because EBU submitted their application for this domain as a Community Priority Application, ICANN considered their application first, before any of the standard applications were considered. For obvious reasons, the companies who had submitted their applications as standard applications opposed EBU's community application. BRS Media attacked EBU with particular vehemence.

Community Priority Applications are evaluated by a panel of ICANN-appointed but independent experts who score applications on numerous criteria with a total possible score of 16. A minimum score of 14 is required to pass, and EBU's application barely cleared this hurdle.

The specific objections to the decision came down to the question of whether EBU should represent the "radio community." BRS Media in particular vocally complained that ICANN's decision would create a narrow definition of the radio community. They also asserted EBU had a conflict of interest for having joined ICANN's GAC (Government Advisory Committee) as an observer. BRS, along with Affilias and other standard applicants, filed a request for independent review of the ICANN board's final decision, which was flatly denied and ultimately withdrawn.

With the delegation of .radio, EBU plans to set up a World .Radio Advisory Board to define policies on accepting domain applicants, with preference being given to broadcast radio stations and then internet radio.

.basketballOctober 19

Next up, .basketball was delegated to FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur), the international basketball organization responsible for, among other things, establishing the rules of the sport, appointing referees and establishing control for international competition such as in the Olympics.

In their application, FIBA partnered with ROAR Domains, a New Zealand based company that also supported the International Rugby Board in its .rugby application.

Among FIBA's competition for .basketball was Donuts, the "portfolio" registry co-founded by current CEO Paul Stahura, also founder of the registrar eNom and winner of the 2012 Domainer of the year award. ROAR attempted to wield this reputation against Donuts, telling Donuts that they would seek Donuts's disqualification not just for .baskteball but as a registry

Donuts, of course, is now the registry for nearly 200 TLDs comprising almost 2 million domains.

However, .basketball is not one of them.

.baseballOctober 30

A final entry in this month's study of who makes the most appropriate steward of a TLD focused on a specific group or topic is .baseball. There were two applicants for this TLD: Donuts (under the guise of Silver Pass LLC), and MLB Advanced Media DH, LLC, which is a partnership of Major League Baseball team owners for the purposes of running MLB-branded internet and "interactive" media, including MLB's website and the websites of each of the individual teams.

This was the least contentious of the three TLDs we're covering this month, but with this we'll point out that .baseball's technical backend will notably not be handled by MLB Advanced Media itself but Neustar, a well-established registry.

Likewise, .basketball's technical backend will be managed by CentralNic, another established registry founded in 1995. The technical backend for .radio, however will be handled by Knipp Medien und Kommunikation GmbH, a small registrar and more recently registry based in Germany.

The point though, is that the question of whether each of these TLDs should be managed by a company or organization close to the existing industry or activity represented by that TLD is largely irrelevant on a technical level. Where it matters is in deciding who should be the one to market the new TLD to the niche market covered by it.

In many cases, ICANN has entrusted so-called portfolio registries to market extensions as they see fit. In these three delegated this month, ICANN has accepted applications, in some cases despite occasionally significant contention, from groups associated with the meaning of the TLD itself.

These examples don't necessarily prove that one model is better than any other, but as .radio, .basketball, and .baseball enter the market, we'll see whether these decisions were good for marketing these TLDs.

Keep an eye on this page as well as ICANN's delegated strings page for updates and remember:

Just because we've featured a TLD in this feature doesn't mean Gandi will be offering it any time soon. We don't know yet how they'll be rolled out to the market, so we can't say for sure whether we'll be offering them at Gandi. We'll try our best, though.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. #gandiv5

2. Recently-delegated TLDs

3. In depth: So about that IANA transition ...

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

Change is in the air and everything is shifting into a brand new phase.

On our side, we're getting ready for #gandiv5, the next evolution in our website. We'll touch briefly on that just a few lines below here. Then we'll quickly look at this month's recently-delegated TLDs before taking an in-depth look at the ICANN IANA transition that took place, amongst some controversy, on the first of this month.

Of course, we'll also review this month's TLD release calendar so that you can prepare for the coming TLD releases and do our monthly promo roundup (You might want to brace yourself for the .net promo. It's a big one).

Other than that, we're busy preparing. Now, about that #gandiv5 thing we mentioned ...

#gandiv5

We're currently on version 4 of our website, but we are rapidly hurdling towards the beta of version 5, which today we're christening with the hashtag #gandiv5. We're not quite ready to unveil anything yet, but here's a sneak peak of what you can look forward to:

  • New account dashboard
  • Multi-organization management under a single account
  • Redesigned DNS service
  • AI-enhanced domain search
  • Mobile-friendly responsive design

Stay tuned of course for more news and updates with #gandiv5.

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Recently-Delegated TLDs

While we're busy with #gandiv5, ICANN seems preoccupied too. Only seven TLDs were delegated this past month and only two of those weren't brand TLDs.

Get a quick summary of those new TLDs | Back to top

In depth: So about that IANA transition ...

What could have been preoccupying ICANN this past month? Maybe it has something to do with the much-debated IANA transition; When ICANN's contract to manage the IANA function expired and this authority devolved back to ICANN.

De facto, IANA functions have been independent of the US government since ICANN's inception. But now that's officially the case. We reviewed the how and the why this month.

See for yourself here | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

Just three TLDs will be or have already been released this month:

Releases

Thursday October 6:

.cam (Sunrise)

Wednesday October 26:

.doctor (Landrush)

Thursday October 27:

.网站 (.xn--5tzm5g "website") (Landrush )

 

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Promo Roundup

There are plenty of promos currently ongoing, many ending at the end of the year, but a couple in particular that we wanted to point out. Both .moe and .net are on promotion for a limited amount of time this week. And .net is especially juicy: it will be just $2.00 for the next three days. Here's the full roundup:

Promos this month

Starting October 1:

.live, .studio, .video half-price through December 31
.design $10.00 through November 30

Starting October 10:

.moe half-price through October 16 only

Starting October 11:

.net $2.00 through October 13 only, FLASH PROMO

Starting October 15:

.whoswho half-price through January 31 

Starting October 16:

.desi half-price through December 31

Ending October 31:

.barcelona $25.00 through October 31
.brussels,.vlaanderen $5.00 through October 31

Ongoing promotions:

Premium .online, .press, .store, .tech, .website on sale
.link $4.50 through November 30
.photo $5.00 through November 30
.audio, .hiphop, .guitars $9.03, $12.84 , and $16.22
through November 30
.store
$7.99 per year in GoLive through December 31

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive
.me $14.40 through December 31
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31
.live, .studio, .video 50% off through December 31
.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31
.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31
 .xyz $3.99 per year through December 31
.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)
.gdn $1.50 until until December 31

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Things are changing, it's not just us. Thanks for choosing Gandi, we're glad to have you on board. And stay aboard for #gandiv5. We'll have more to show you soon ...

In the meantime, you can tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


ICANN must be a little preoccupied this month.

All September, only seven TLDs were delegated to the root zone, among which five were brand TLDs, leaving only just two true gTLDs.

So we'll keep it short and sweet this month.

.wowSeptember 26

Out of three applicants that also included Google and United TLD Holdco Ltd., who submitted a Public Interest Commitment (no it did not pertain to World of Warcraft), it was Amazon's application that won out in the end.

.通販 (.xn--gk3at1e) — September 30

Meaning "online shopping," .通販 (pronounced "tsuhan") was the last gTLD delegated by ICANN under the IANA contract with the US government, so it seems almost fitting, maybe to the point of irony, that it was an IDN.

Amazon also won out for .通販, despite GAC objections related to utilizing this TLD to possibly monopolize online shopping.

For the record, those five brand TLDs that were delegated were the following:

.monster
.fido
.rogers
.observer
.dvr

So you can also look out for domains in those TLDs coming to a browser near you (although if .monster had been a true generic it would have been great for Halloween). Stay tuned for more updates on recently-delegated TLDs next month.

As always, these two TLDs are on the bleeding edge of the new TLD program. We don't know yet how they'll be rolled out to the market, so we can't say for sure whether we'll be offering them at Gandi. We'll try our best, though.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. Update: Price and rule change for .fi

2. Wizishop: .shop's ambassador to France

3. Recently-delegated TLDs

4. Gandi Events

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

This September is all about reaching out, giving back, helping out, and opening up for us.

This month, the floodgates are opening for .fi as the rules change to allow non-Finnish registrants. And we've got a promotion on .fi domains to help all you non-Finns out there get your feet in the door. Gandi's also helping .shop build a bridge to France by sponsoring Wizishop's participation in the registry's Pioneer Program, we partner with Kernel Recipes to give back to the Linux community and we're hosting a meetup based around user-experience testing in our San Francisco offices. And as always, we look at the TLD releases this month and a whole slew of great promos, many of which lasting only until the end of the month.

Update: Price and rule change for .fi

Historically, .fi domains have only been open to Finnish residents and companies, but as of 3:00 AM PDT on September 5, .fi will bust wide open for anyone and everyone. The .fi TLD has a lot of good options, too ...

To lighten the load on anyone who wants to give a .fi domain a shot and to celebrate the new found .fi-dom, we're also running a promotion on new .fi domains.

Find out all the details | Back to top

Wizishop: .shop's ambassador to France

The release of the new TLD .shop is a little bit more special than the typical nTLD release. That's because one of our long-time partners and resellers, Wizishop, who run an e-commerce platform, have been selected to participate in .shop's Pioneer Program.

Gandi supported their application and we're proud they were selected to .shop's "ambassador to France." We even did a press release to make the announcement that much more official.

Read the full press release | Back to top

Recently-Delegated TLDs

As for the bleeding edge of the new TLD program, there are still a lot of Brand TLDs being delegated right now, but we also found four somewhat controversial TLDs that were quietly delegated this past month, and one in particular that took a rocky road to get there.

Follow the drama in full | Back to top

Gandi Events

We won't be in Peru this month, but we will be here in our San Francisco offices hosting the UX speed dating meetup group. Of course, this is a great opportunity to get feedback on your latest dev work, if you've never been, or the latest patches, updates or more if you have been.

On the other side of the pond, we are a proud partner once again this year of Kernel Recipes, happening this month in Paris from September 28 through 30. It's already full but you can still follow the live tweet and see presentations online on the event site.

Get more information about the UX meetup | Learn about Kernel Recipes | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

It's a quiet month for TLD releases, once again, but that doesn't mean it's any less exciting. Here are this month's new TLD releases (and the phase they'll be entering):

Releases

Thursday September 1:

.shop (Landrush)

Wednesday September 14:

.games (Landrush)

Wednesday September 21:

.games (GoLive)

Thursday September 22:

.makeup (Sunrise)

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.shop (GoLive)

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.shopping (GoLive)

 

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Promo Roundup

And not to bury the lede too much, but if September is anything this year it's promo month. We've wrassled up the best of them and brought them straight to you, still kicking, including the elusive only in September promos, running exclusively September 1 through 30:

Promos this month

Only in September:

.uk one dollar off multi-year registrations and renewals
.mx $16.00
.global $20.00
.club $6.72 (50% off)

Also ending September 30:

.fi $13.50 (see the article above)

Starting September 1:

Premium .online, .press, .store, .tech, .website on sale
.barcelona $25.00 through October 31
.link $4.50 through November 30
.photo $5.00 through November 30
.brussels,.vlaanderen $5.00 through October 31
.audio, .hiphop, .guitars $9.03, $12.84 , and $16.22 through November 30

Ongoing promotions:

.store $7.99 per year in GoLive through December 31
.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive
.me $14.40 through December 31
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31
.live, .studio, .video 50% off through December 31
.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31
.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31
 .xyz $3.99 per year through December 31
.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)
.gdn $1.50 until until December 31

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So that's our month of reaching out, sponsoring, partnering and helping. But maybe you want to reach out to us? Or maybe we can help you in some other way? Either way, let us know. Drop us a line. Tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


As was the case last month, this month, new TLDs delegated to the root by ICANN have been overwhelmingly BrandTLDs. Check out last month's post for more details.

Four new generic TLDs were also introduced in the past month, all of which highlighted aspects of how contentions arise and are resolved in the TLD application process.

.secureAugust 10

It should come as no surprise that there would be some contention around the applications for a domain synonymous with safety, privacy and protection, all special concerns for the Internet age.

There were two applicants for .secure: Artemis Internet and Amazon. The controversy here comes from the CEO of a company called Domain Security Company, who essentially accused Artemis of stealing her idea to create a high-security TLD.

Precluding this controversy, though, is the fact that in the end .secure was delegated to Amazon, not Artemis. Presumably, Artemis's allegedly stolen plans for a .secure TLD will not be implemented.

.hotAugust 10

One lesser-known aspect of ICANN's new gTLD program was the position of Independent Objector.

ICANN selected Alain Pellet from the University of Paris as their legal expert for this role, who had a year to file objections based on his international law expertise.

The role of Independent Objector, or IO for short, was to assess applications and submit objections on Limited Public Interest or Community related grounds. In legalese: "the applied-for gTLD string must be contrary to generally accepted legal norms of morality and public order that are recognized under fundamental principles of international law," or translated into English, the IO can only object to domain applications that might violate international law.

The IO can also object on Community grounds, but .hot doesn't meet the criteria.

Where .hot does come in, though, is in the IO's "controversial strings" comments, which were his first comments in this round of TLD applications. Specifically, he pointed out that .adult, .sex, .porn, .sexy, .hot, .gay, .lgbt, .persiangulf, .vodka and .wtf might run contrary to the public interest. He picked these because they had received the greatest number of comments during the public comment period.

The fact that Mr. Pellet, the first and so far only IO to serve for assessing ICANN's nTLD program, ruled that even though these domains are controversial, ICANN should not consider them "offensive to the public interest," is a good thing.

.diyAugust 25

It was between Google and Lifestyle Domain Holdings for the .diy TLD. The Scripps Network, owners of HGTV, the Travel Channel, the Food Network and, maybe you've guessed by now, the DIY Network. Scripps Network, who own a trademark for its DIY brand, filed an objection with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, which in addition to being a specialized UN agency was also selected by ICANN to act as a legal mediator.

The Scripps Network claim boiled down to the fact that Scripps owns trademarks and copyrights on "DIY". They claimed that Google "aspires
to become an authoritative online resource for content related to do-it-yourself activities," and that consumers might be confused into thinking the material on .diy domains would be coming straight from Scripps.

In another victory for common sense, though, WIPO determined that the acronym DIY is generic enough to reject Scripps's objection.

Ultimately, though, it seems that in the application process, Scripps won out.

.ecoAugust 28

Finally, the tale of .eco is one of the most interesting stories to come out of the new TLD application process, for obvious reasons.

There were five applicants for .eco:

  • Big Room Inc
  • Donuts
  • Dot Eco LLC
  • planet.ECO

AND

  • Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. (aka Minds + Machines)

And while Donuts also submitted a PIC, the real contention came between two competing bids from Big Room Inc., planet.ECO and Dot Eco LLC, both of which threw the weight of their environmentalist backers.

The Economist Intelligence Unit, a unit of ICANN that evaluates community priority, initially scored Big Room Inc.'s application 14/16 points. Big Room Inc. is itself a certified B corporation and is thus required to balance environmental and social interests with financial interests. In 2009 they had already begun the process of consulting stakeholders in the international environmentalist community. They conducted seven consultations on five continents and drafted policies with three public comment periods lasting thirty days each.

The stakeholder-community they assembled consisted of organizations such as WWF International, Greenpeace International, and Green Cross International. All of them collaborated in defining the mission, purpose, and policies for the Community represented by Big Room Inc.'s Community application. The group adopted a charter and conducted meetings in Brussels and Washington.

However, in August 2009, Dot Eco LLC released a paper criticizing Big Room Inc., claiming that Big Room Inc.'s plan is "unworkable," and included "cumbersome registration policies."

The policies in question include a questionnaire about environmental performance, commitments, and actions of domain name registrants and the creation of a public ".eco system" that profiles registrants' ecological commitments. Presumably, this was to avoid criticism that a .eco TLD would allow companies the ability to "greenwash" their brands by purchasing their .eco TLD without making any commitment to ecological causes.

But dig beneath the surface, and you also find that Dot Eco LLC enjoyed the support of climate change advocate and Internet inventor Al Gore, the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Sierra Club and the Surfrider Foundation, while Big Room Inc. was closely associated with the Green Cross International and its founder Mikhail Gorbachev. But by the end fo 2011, Al Gore, had dropped his support.

The next bit of contention came from planet.ECO LLC, a small company that filed a trademark infringement case against Big Room Inc., and Dot Eco LLC. Since Big Room is based in Canada, planet.ECO had no jurisdiction, though, and eventually Planet.ECO also dropped its case against Dot Eco LLC.

Then, after ICANN gave Big Room Inc. the favorable community priority score mentioned above, all but ensuring they would be delegated the extension, Donuts, the other PIC submitter, filed a reconsideration request with ICANN. The reconsideration request was denied, and then ICANN convened an independent review panel last December to review whether they had acted with impartiality. They finally ruled in favor of their initial decision this past March and now, .eco has finally been delegated.

Is it really any surprise that it was that difficult, though? As the controversy and contention around these four TLDs demonstrates, ICANN's new gTLD program sometimes reflects societal fault lines crystal clear.

These TLDs are on the bleeding edge of the new TLD program. We don't know yet how they'll be rolled out to the market, so we can't say for sure whether we'll be offering them at Gandi. We'll try our best, though.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. Recently-delegated TLDs

2. Gandi Events: Peru (virtually)

3. In-depth: What's a premium domain and checking on new TLDs


4. Visualizations: Domain lifecycle, domain uses and transfer quest

5. Tech Fundamentals: Cryptography and IANA

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

We know that August, being at that sweet spot in the business cycle, the scholastic calendar and the seasonal pattern is often a slower month for some and that many opt to take a break and head to the beach, the woods or the lake (or all three?).

So this month, we’re taking a look back at some of the information we’ve shared in 2016, with a view towards more news to come (no spoilers, though).

We’ll be looking back at two pertinent in-depth topics we covered this year: What’s a premium domain and Checking in on new TLDs.

This year we started a series of visualizations. We’ll look back at three of them: domain lifecycle, how to choose hosting and Transfer Quest.

And we also delved into some internet history this year with two Tech Fundamentals on IANA and on Public-key cryptography.

But first: we’ll look at recently-delegated TLDs over the past month, and check in on recent Events we’ve been involved in.

Rounding things off this month as always, we’ll look at the new TLD release calendar and check out August promos in our Promo Roundup.

Recently-Delegated TLDs

This month there were just three truly generic TLDs delegated to the root by ICANN and close to a hundred Brand TLDs. So we took the opportunity to look at those Brand TLDs.

TLDs such as .latino, .doctor, and .beauty were added this month

Read about the Brand TLDs and more | Back to top

Gandi Events

Through the magic of the interwebs (and some help from shipping services), Gandi is popping up in Peru this month.

Gandi Events

Earlier this month, we gave a virtual presentation to an audience at UbuConLA (i.e. Ubuntu Conference Latin America)  where we talked about the new extensions, ccTLDs, new gTLDs including .tv, .guru and .ninja through a video conference to interested attendees.

While we would have liked to have gone out for beers (or Pisco Sours?) with our Latin American fans ourselves, we’re happy to have been able to participate at least remotely.

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In-depth: What's a premium domain and Checking in on new TLDs

We’ve covered a number of topics in depth so far this year, but we wanted to highlight two for your summer reading needs. First, this spring we gave a run-down on Premium domains.

For those who want to know

Next, it was only at the beginning of the summer we checked in on the new gTLD program, but we’re looking back at them again this month while the information is still fresh. It’s a landmark program and we’re only at the halfway point.

Read about Premium domains | Check in on the nTLD program | Back to top

Visualizations: Domain lifecycle, Choosing hosting and Transfer Quest

Some concepts are better explained with visuals. That’s why we started a series of visualizations focusing on our areas of expertise.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s the equivalent of three thousand, then:

The Lifecycle of a Domain:

.com and .net lifecycle

How to choose a hosting option

Find the option that meets your technical knowledge and the level of control you need

Transfer Quest

Domain name transfer procedure

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Tech fundamentals: IANA and Public-key cryptography

With our Tech fundamentals series, we’ve been getting back to basics and seeing the stories of the people who built those basics. In March, we remembered IANA nd in May, we traced the history of public-key cryptography.

Public Key Encryption

If you’ve liked our two entries so far in this series, also check out the series of talks we put on this year with our friends at CloudFlare, we called the Root Zone.

Remember IANA | Trace the history of public-key cryptography | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

And now here's a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of August 2016:

Releases

Thursday August 18:

.blog (Sunrise)

Tuesday August 30:

.닷컴 Korean for .com, punycode .xn--mk1bu44c (GoLive)

.닷넷 Korean for .net, punycode .xn--t60b56a (GoLive)

August 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1


2
3
4
5
6
7
8


9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
.blog
(Sunrise)
19
20
21
22


23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
.닷컴 & .닷넷
(GoLive)
31

Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month's releases.

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Promo Roundup

There are plenty of opportunities this month to plant the seeds to be reaped later by taking advantage of new and ongoing promos:

Promos this month

Don't miss these promos ending in August:

.je, .gg 50%-off new creations, 25%-off renewals until August 28

 .cat $5.00 per year through August 31

.online, .tech $1.50 until August 31

.college, .rent $9.00 until August 31

Ongoing promotions:

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive

.me $14.40 through December 31

.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31

.live, .studio, .video 50% off through December 31

.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31

.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31

 .xyz $3.99 per year through December 31

.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)

.gdn $1.50 until until December 31

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That about wraps up our review of featured articles so far this year. Of course, not only have we been working on content to share with you each month, but also on our products and services. Stay tuned, we have exciting projects in the works.

Maybe we missed something, though? Let us know.: tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


Since we last checked in, only three new truly generic TLDs have been delegated in ICANN’s new TLD program, and we’ll get to those.

Also in that timeframe, around a hundred new Brand TLDs have been delegated. Since they’re outside the scope of what we’ll be able to offer (Brand TLDs are “single registrant TLDs”, i.e. no registrar necessary), since so many are being delegated right now, we thought it was as good a time as any to address this trend head on.

But first, our three (truly) generic TLDs added this past month:

.beautyJuly 15

Overall, there were just three applications for this domain, including Top Level Domain Holdings (aka Minds + Machines) and Donuts, both of whom submitted PIC (we detailed PIC back in April).

But it was L’Oréal’s application that ultimately prevailed. It looks as though L’Oréal will open up registrations to everyone, but .beauty may in fact be yet another brand TLD of the many delegated this month.

.doctorJuly 21

There were also three applications for .doctor as well, two of which were a couple of usual suspects: Radix and Donuts whose application joined The Medical Registry Limited’s application. However, Donuts was the only applicant to submit a PIC and it may well be for this reason that their application prevailed.

.latinoAugust 4

There were only two applicants for .latino, Dish DBS Corporation (i.e. Dish Network) and Top Level Domain Holdings (i.e. Minds + Machines). After a private auction in the fall of 2014, TLDH withdrew their application and this month .latino was delegated to Dish DBS Corporation.

This is the only “community”-oriented application that Dish submitted, catering to the global Latino community, though interestingly only TLDH’s application contained a PIC.

The Brand TLDs

In 2013 when the first round of new TLDs was announced, it was estimated that around 680 of applied-for TLDs were so-called “Brand TLDs” or .brands. This amounts to more than a third of all TLD applications in the initial round of the new TLD program.

As of yet, though, Brand TLDs are not a separate category of gTLDs as is the case with GeoTLDs and Community TLDs and the reasons companies might have applied for one are varied.

Some companies, most notably Canon, had specific marketing in mind, while others applied defensively for their .brand. Others applied not totally certain of how they would use their .brands when they were delegated.

As such, some .brands may eventually be available on the public market and while the fact that many brands have outsourced the registry backend management to companies with experience in this area (i.e. companies that operate registries that do offer domains for sale on the public market), doing so undercuts many of the main advantages of a Brand TLD.

It’s not hard to see how having a public, proprietary namespace might be beneficial to a company, even if used for purely internal purposes and some Brand TLDs may never be used for the web. But those that do will benefit from stronger branding (no generic “.com” required) and better assurance of reputation. After all, a domain name can cost less than a dollar while a TLD is much more expensive and much harder to get, which in turn insures a certain level of security in itself.

Most Brand TLDs fall under the category of single-registrant, a category created by ICANN for the new TLD program. This suggests that more than a few of the companies who have been delegated these TLDs intend to use them to more directly manage their brands online, especially on the web.

To give you an idea of just how many Brand TLDs are currently being delegated, we’ve put a list of the ones this past month. To give you an idea of what kinds of companies are interested in these, we’ve broken them down by category:

Sports and Entertainment:

  • .comcast
  • .xfinity
  • .abc
  • .nba
  • .blockbuster
  • .showtime
  • .cbs

Retail and Apparel:

  • .loft
  • .gap
  • .oldnavy
  • .bananarepublic
  • .calvinklein
  • .target
  • .staples
  • .marshalls
  • .lancome
  • .tjmaxx
  • .nike
  • .macys
  • .athleta
  • .bestbuy

Insurance:

  • .allstate
  • .goodhands
  • .nationwide
  • .onyourside
  • .esurance
  • .americanfamily
  • .prudential

Pharmaceuticals:

  • .off
  • .duck
  • .scjohnson
  • .pfizer
  • .afamilycompany

Hospitality:

  • .booking
  • .hyatt

Automotive, Electronics, Manufacturing:

  • .dodge
  • .maserati
  • .ferrari
  • .fiat
  • .intel
  • .jeep
  • .honeywell
  • .chrysler
  • .zippo

Finance and Commerce:

  • .visa
  • .citi
  • .duns
  • .fidelity
  • .ladbrokers
  • .lplfinancial

 

As more of these Brand TLDs are delegated, expect to see more companies using these proprietary namespaces in the wild.

And remember: these are new TLDs on the cutting edge of having been added by ICANN. As such, any discussion of one of these TLDs should not be interpreted as meaning any of these extensions will be imminently available on Gandi (though we, of course, try to offer all the extensions we possibly can). That especially applies to Brand TLDs.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. Recently-delegated TLDs

2. Gandi Events: The Root Zone

3. In-Depth: Checking in on new TLDs

4. TLD release calendar

5. Promo roundup

This past month Paul Vixie visited our office in San Francisco to talk about DNS. When he was asked what fights were worth fighting on today’s internet, he reflected on two phases in his career: the time he spent at ISC heading the organization that wrote BIND 9 and the time spent building MAPS, trying to stamp out internet abuse completely.

In the first case, he paved the way for the modern internet. In the second, he tried to hold back a growing tide of spam.

“Build roads,” he said, “don’t build walls.”

It’s good sense. It’s better to make something work than try to stop people from using something already out there.

This month, we’re building roads.  Some of them are open now, some of them will be opening shortly.

We also looked at Recently-delegated TLDs and summed up our The Root Zone. series. Then we looked into how ICANN’s nTLD program is coming along.

As always, of course, we’re summing up this month’s TLD release calendar and we rounded up all our current TLD promos for your convenience.

Paul’s words make good sense and are a good mantra to live by. And it’s a wish for the world as well. We hope this month and the rest of this year, we can all focus on building roads, not walls.

Recently-Delegated TLDs

The TLDs added in June this year all seemed to have been a bit contentious, with objections for string confusion, legal use rights and one attempt to game the system represented in this past month’s delegated TLDs.

TLDs such as .art, .save, and .now were added this month

Embrace the controversy | Back to top

Gandi Events

 When Paul Vixie came to our The Root Zone. DNS meetup organized in collaboration with CloudFlare this month, he inadvertently gave us the theme of this month’s newsletter but also a lot of interesting stories and fascinating technical details.

The Root Zone. w/ Dr. Paul Vixie

So come see what we’re all excited about.

See the video or read our summary | Back to top

In-depth: Checking in on new TLDs

ICANN launched the nTLD program in October 2013 and a little under three years later more than a thousand new TLDs have been delegated. By the beginning of June, 20 million domains in over 1,000 nTLDs had been registered, so we thought it was as good a time as any to check in on how things are going.

ICANN's nTLD program situation to date

Check in with us on ICANN’s nTLD program | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

Here's a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of July 2016:

Releases

Thursday July 7:

.tube (GoLive)

Tuesday July 12:

 .games (Sunrise)

Tuesday July 19:

 .shopping (Sunrise)

July 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
.tube
(GoLive)
8
9
10
11
12
.games
(Sunrise)
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
.shopping
(Sunrise)

 

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26
27
28
29
30
31

ALSO: You can now register .网络 (punycode .xn--io0a7i, the Chinese equivalent of “.net”) and .公司 (punycode .xn--55qx5d the Chinese equivalent of “.com”).

Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month's releases.

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Promo Roundup

There are plenty of opportunities this month to plant the seeds to be reaped later by taking advantage of new and ongoing promos:

Promos this month

Starting July 1:

.live, .studio, .video 50% off through December 31

.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31

Starting July 8:

.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31

Starting July 12:

.xyz $3.99 per year through December 31

Don't miss these ending July 31:

.club premium domains 25% off through July 31

.eu 50% off per year through July 31

Extended:

.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)

Ongoing promotions:

.cat $5.00 per year through August 31

.store $14.99 per year in GoLive until August 14

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive

.me $14.40 through December 31

.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31

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It's summer. Which means it's construction season. Can we build some roads for you? Or, maybe you have a road for us. In any case, we're always happy to hear from you. And many roads lead to Gandi: tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


This month for Gandi Events, we wrapped up the first round of scheduled talks at our The Root Zone. meetup we’ve been coordinating with Cloudflare. Guests have included Paul Mockapetris, Dan Kaminsky, and Paul Vixie. We've found that this first round went quite well, so we're now looking to schedule a second round as soon as we can.

 The Root Zone. with Paul Vixie

On June 21, we welcomed Paul Vixie to our offices in San Francisco. Paul explained how he wrote BIND version 8 by patching bugs while at DEC and then recruited and managed the team that wrote BIND 9. He described how he’s seen DNS go from something nobody ever thought of themselves as “in the business of” (BIND “looked as though it had been pounded on by a bunch of undergraduate monkeys”) to being a business in and of itself, and how he went from never having read an RFC in his life to repeating the mantra “If you can get an RFC approved, I’ll take a patch, if you don’t I won’t,” for anyone requesting a patch to BIND.

Then he went on to talk about building ISC, the YETI DNS project, why domain names don’t have underscores, and rounded out the main portion of his visit with some talk about spam (he feels partly responsible for how widespread it is because he slowed it down enough that we call got used to it).

A highlight in the lightning round Q&A section was when Paul was asked about the coolest takedown he’s been a part of. He then described his role in taking down a group of cyber criminals who managed to hijack 600,000 people’s DNS resolution through a change route.

Altogether, a fascinating talk, filled with plenty of other gems from Paul not mentioned in this summary. So really, you might as well just watch it. Here’s the video:

With Paul's visit last month, The Root Zone. talks are, for the moment, complete. We are, however, seeking future speakers for the next series. So if you or someone you know—friends, family, bosses, loved ones, or anybody else you think would make for an interesting guest speaker on DNS—send them our way! Tweet us @gandibar with #TheRootZone.

Otherwise, be sure to watch out on the meetup page for more information and update.


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