Category Archives: ICANN

I’m in a .NYC State of Mind – New York Gets Top Level Domain

Hey! Yo! Yous Hearin This!?!

New York city announced that ICANN approved its request for the .nyc top-level domain. This is the first city to do so.

“Pursuing the .nyc top-level domain has been a goal of Mayor Bloomberg’s Digital Roadmap from the start”, said Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer, “and this caliber of innovation keeps New York City on track to becoming the world’s leading digital city.”

To get a .nyc domain, you must reside in a “bona fide” residence – meaning you can’t just have a P.O. Box. Even though that may be the case, you most likely will not be able to bid on domains like and

Back in 2008, a proposal was put forward to obtain the top level domain. Now that ICANN has opened up this option, New York was quick to grab it.

Top 12 possible .nyc domains?

  9. LaGuardia .nyc

To get a top level domain, you must apply with an application fee of $185,000. There is no mention of how much an .nyc domain will cost.


Will new Top Level Domains Bring Price of Auctioned Domains Down

On June 13th ICANN announced that we could see as many as 280 new domains extensions or gTLD’s enter the Internet space within the next couple of years. As I look through that list there are a handful of domain names I have in mind that would fit perfectly on, one or more of these new gTLD.

Recently I tried to buy a domain, from a business that is in the domain auction/selling business. On a inquiry for a multiple character domain name, they replied with a purchase amount that was 25x higher than what I was willing to pay.

As I contemplated offering more for the domain, I decided to wait and see how these new gLTD’s work out. While I know not all of them will be offered through a standard registrar. I am sure many will, and I will just buy the domain on, one of the new gLTD’s.  That is if the domain scalpers don’t go in an buy them all up first.

I would expect though that there will be a huge land rush to buy up as many of the premium domains as soon as they are made available. This could backfire on them though, and with the new surplus of domain extensions I wonder if it will reduce the pressure on the .com domain reseller marketplace. Will all of these companies holding 100’s of thousands of domains for sale or auction find their inventory value dropping as people like me migrate to a new .something

If nothing else maybe I will be able to buy a couple of new domains that I need, for a reasonable price and not get gouged by the re-seller.

Battle For The Internet Looms

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With the perpetually refreshed glut of information available on the Web, it’s rare to find a thoroughly researched, thoughtful and meaningful piece on – of all things – the State of The Internet. In the May issue of Vanity Fair, contributing editor Michael Joseph Gross writes a captivating article, “World War 3.0,” that is both rich with history and chilling in his description of the challenges facing a tough-to-tame digital behemoth.

In this lengthy (by Web standards, anyway) piece leading up to a December conference in Dubai where the world will meet to discuss and renegotiate a UN treaty – International Telecommunications Regulations – as it relates to the Internet, Gross pens a somber outlook on where things are headed with the Web. Crisis, Gross asserts, is in store for the Internet and its users because of four main issues:

Sovereignty – the Internet was created and has developed specifically to exist outside or above the worldly territories we’ve mapped out

Piracy and Intellectual Property – the battle between freedom of information and folks wanting to protect their work and, more importantly, get paid

Privacy – the incomprehensible mass of information on the Internet and our ability to contribute and participate with relative anonymity is great for creativity and freedom, but it’s also awesome for criminals and folks who want to use your information for nefarious purposes.

Security – Code written is code hacked. It’s all just a matter of time and effort. With so much at stake and with so much money being made from the Web, how on Earth do we protect it all?

Four main issues – each extremely difficult to solve. In most cases, it’s damn near impossible to get consensus on the terms of each of these issues. You’ll have to read the article to see how Gross places this all in a context that makes the battle over the Internet one of the most important showdowns we might ever see.

The chill-factor for me comes from the last paragraph of his article – discussing the options for achieving security in such a connected world:

Aside from wealth or arcane knowledge, the only other guarantor of security will be isolation. Some people will pioneer new ways of life that minimize their involvement online. Still others will opt out altogether—to find or create a little corner of the planet where the Internet does not reach. Depending on how things go, that little corner could become a very crowded place. And you’d be surprised at how many of the best-informed people about the Internet have already started preparing for the trip.

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Judge may ask ICANN to shutdown SPAMHAUS domain!

Spam In what I can only describe as sure stupidity on a judge’s part it seems that one of the organizations that keep a lot of Spam out of your inbox may be in trouble over a recent lawsuit. It seems after being sued by an accused spammer and then not showing up for the court case they lost by default.

Spamhaus is a volunteer group that is well respected but if this judge shuts them down it could spell big trouble for ISP’s worldwide that rely on them to curb the amount of Spam in your inbox. It’s really sad that apparent spammers have more rights to abuse people than those of us that are not abusing the Internet! [Techdirt] [Ambersail]

VeriSign the gift that keeps on giving!

It looks like we are stuck with VeriSign for six more years as they have been given a renewal on thier contract with ICANN. My questions is did this come with restriction on them playing fair and not try to pull that same stunt they pulled two years ago when the re-directed mis-typed domains to their own website.

In my personal opinion this smells of protectionism and monopolization. [Yahoo]