2017-05-14

ICANN New gTLDs' Domain Name Registrations Implode | NR 2017-05-14

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-05-14):

Features •  1)  ICANN New gTLDs' Domain Name Registrations Implode, 2) .NET Registry Agreement, 3) Other ICANN news, 4) Names, Domains & Trademarks: INTA meeting May 20-24, 5) ICYMI, 6) Q1 2017 Earnings Season, 7) Most Popular.

1)  ICANN New gTLDs' Domain Name Registrations Implode:
UPDATE May 18, 2017: New gTLDs' Implosion Unabated--almost 2 million decrease in new gTLDs' domain name registrations April 13 - May 17, 2017
ICANN new gTLDs' Domain Name Registrations Implode (2017 graphic)
Review the data (via nTLDstats.com) showing the implosion began in mid-April (see Jan 2017 - present date chart above) and read this week's tweets of the week, all from @DomainKing:

[Editor's note: comments close 19 May 2017 23:59 UTC, on the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team [CCT-RT] Draft Report of Recommendations for New gTLDs. I intend to submit a comment, however I am waiting to receive answers from ICANN to the questions I submitted (pdf)(embed below) on April 26, 2017, in advance of the quarterly ICANN stakeholder call on April 27.  At that time I was assured by ICANN staff that my questions would be answered offline "so we can be as thorough as possible to your many questions"]:

I'm still working on a title for my forthcoming comment to CCT-RT, possibilities:
  • ICANN's New gTLDs: A New Generation of Ransomware for Domain Name Registrants?
  • The Sordid History of ICANN & Its New gTLDs from Beckstrom-Thrush-Pritz (pdf) to Atallah & Chehade;
  • ICANN & Its New gTLDs: A Legal Racket or Consumer (registrant) Scam?
  • New gTLDs: A Dream Come True for Cybercriminals, Cybersquatters, Spammers, & ICANN?
  • ICANN's New gTLDs Program: Greed + Incompetence = Choice & Innovation?
If you have a suggestion, feel free to send it to me via Twitter @DomainMondo.

2) .NET Registry Agreement: Page 4 of my questions above concerns the proposed renewal of the .NET Registry Agreement (comments close May 30). Inexplicably, this past Friday evening thru Saturday morning, the open comments page had deleted the .NET Registry Agreement entry, and the ICANN webpage on the "Proposed Renewal of .NET Registry Agreement" was returning a "404"--
ICANN.org 404 page

3) Other ICANN news
ICANN Logo and Full Name
•  Agenda | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board, 18 May 2017:
  • Consent Agenda: 1) Approval of Minutes; 2) Initiating the Second Review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
  • Main Agenda: 1)Approval of the Global Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement; 2) Release of Second-Level Country and Territory Names in New gTLDs; 3) AOB
  • Executive Session – Confidential

•   ICANN59 Community Webinar | ICANN.org: "ICANN will be holding an informational webinar on Tuesday, 16 May 2017, at 1600 UTC."

•   The Fourth Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum to Take Place in Cairo, Egypt | ICANN.org  22 and 23 May.

•   2016 Reconsideration Requests Status Update – 08 May 2017 | ICANN.org:08 May 2017:  reconsideration-requests-status-2016-08may17-en.pdf [138 KB]

4) Names, Domains & Trademarks
graphic ©2017 DomainMondo.com: "Names, Domains & Trademarks"

5) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
graphic ©2017 DomainMondo.com: "ICYMI Internet Domain News"

6) Q1 2017 Earnings Season
graphic ©2017 DomainMondo.com: "Q1 2017 Earnings Season | DomainMondo.com"
•  Q1 2017 results this coming week: Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), May 18 at 7:30 am EDT via DomainMondo.com.  This past week: Tucows $TCX and Rightside $NAME.

•  The Most Interesting Thing About the Buffett / Seides Bet | ritholtz.com"Investing is extremely difficult, even for the best and brightest. Randomness plays a far greater role in our success or failure than we’re comfortable with. And most of the time it’s better to be lucky than good."

7) Most popular posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
  1. Q1 2017 Results LIVE Webcasts May 9: Rightside $NAME & Tucows $TCX
  2. News Review: Why New gTLDs Mistakes Don't Matter | NR 2017-05-07

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 
[All "Editor's note" comments are the opinions of the above]

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