Jun 092016
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In a move considered by many to be more political that commonsensical, failed Republican presidential nomination hopeful Ted Cruz yesterday introduced a bill which would, if enacted, allow the United States to keep technical control over the Internet, rather than transitioning it to a global oversight mechanism.

Dubbed the “IANA transition” after the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority Function, which is basically administering the Internet root, this move towards ending the unique oversight the US has enjoyed over the technical Internet since its inception was initiated by the Obama administration through the agency in charge of Internet matters, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The Cruz bill is grandiosely named the “Protecting Internet Freedom Act“. A read of its very first paragraph seems to contradict this lofty goal by stating the Bill is designed “To prohibit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from allowing the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions contract to lapse unless specifically authorized to do so by an Act of Congress.”

Undeterred, NTIA today announced it is approving the proposed transition mechanism. “The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) finds that the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal developed by the global Internet multistakeholder community meets the criteria NTIA set in March 2014,” it says in what can be seen as a direct response to the Cruz bill.

This NTIA announcement sets the scene for the transition to be enacted. As Cruz and others race to stop the transition from happening, the rest of the world can only sit back and watch as internal US politics determine the future of Internet Governance.

Jun 072016
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An example of a new gTLD actually being used, and a brand TLD at that, with telecom heavyweight Orange’s activation of http://startup.orange as a showcase for the company’s innovation support services.

This is in addition to http://entrepreneurclub.orange and http://airbox.orange/, the former being rerouted to a complex equivalent .COM address whilst the latter is not currently in public use.

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May 202016

Sur Internet comme ailleurs, il y a ceux qui comprennent vite et il y a les autres. Les habitués des phrases comme “ça ne marchera jamais”, qui se transforment quelques années plus tard en “ah si j’avais su…”.

Lorsqu’en 2012, le régulateur technique de l’Internet (l’ICANN) a ouvert les candidatures à la gestion de nouvelles extensions, les “ça ne marchera jamais” en attendaient au mieux 500. C’est sûr qu’à 185 000 dollars les frais de dépôt de dossier à payer à l’ICANN, ça leur semblait cher. Puis 1930 dossiers furent déposés…

Lorsque, le 13 juin 2012, l’ICANN a annoncé ce raz-de-marée, les “ça ne marchera jamais” ont répondu qu’il s’agissait de spéculation de la part d’une industrie du nommage sur Internet immature. Les poids lourds du Net, eux, n’allaient quand même pas s’intéresser à quelque chose d’aussi rébarbatif que des noms de domaine. Puis en lisant la liste des candidatures reçues, on s’est rendu compte que Google avait demandé une centaine de nouvelles extensions et Amazon avait postulé pour 70…

Lire la suite sur le Huffington Post.

May 102016
Middle East DNS Forum 2016


On May 4 and 5, 2016, the city of Tunis hosted the Middle East DNS Forum. Co-organised by ICANN and the Tunisian Internet Agency, the event was opened by Tunisian Minister for Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Nouman Fehri.

Over 120 participants then attended sessions on a wide variety of Digital Economy related topics including the domain industry, civil society’s participation in Internet policy development and the challenges of managing the local country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .TN.

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The forum was attended by people from over 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Severely under-represented in the current new gTLD space, entrepreneurs from these regions are eager to make the most of future Internet naming opportunities.

DNS Forum participants welcomed insights into the intricacies of setting up and running a new gTLD registry from companies such as StartingDot, operator of the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI. new gTLDs.

Panels at Middle East DNS Forum 2016

“Part of our mission is to help our industry grow by promoting it to potential new entrants,” said StartingDot. “And to explain why having naming options that are tailored to a person’s specific community or interest is crucial in the digital age. As an example, a .BIO domain name makes a great personal space website where users can present their online bios.”

Apr 242016


Opening up the Internet root to hundreds of new Top Level Domains (TLDs), where before the choice in domain name suffixes (the label after the dot) was extremely limited, is ambitious indeed.

The goal is a lofty one: bringing greater context, more precision and more effective navigation to users dependent on Web addresses to find the content they want. But unless people know of the Internet’s TLD expansion, its chances of success are limited.

Increasing public awareness of these new suffixes (dubbed “new gTLDs”) is a constant challenge for the businesses involved in giving the world’s information superhighway signposts that are both more numerous and better indicators of the content they are pointing to.

Companies like StartingDot, operator of the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI new gTLDs. And Google. The search giant is very much a part of this attempt to bring users more choice at the Internet’s Top Level.

To help developers understand how they can best work with new gTLDs and test their applications for compatibility Google launched Domain Test as an open source project open to all new gTLD operators.

The service is also designed to allow testing of new country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and internationalized domain names (IDNs), i.e. Internet suffixes written in non-Latin characters such as Arabic or Cyrillic. “These gTLDs have a series of characteristics, such as string length and the use of non-Latin scripts, that can cause bugs in software,” says Google. “Domain Test helps developers identify and fix these problems.”

Domain Test is freely available to use or modify, and is operated under the Apache 2 license, the service runs on AppEngine.

StartingDot has included all 3 of its TLDs in the Domain Test initiative. “Our TLDs look to serve specific communities,” the company explains. “Their operating rules and procedures were designed from the get-go to provide the architecture, snowsports and organic/biography communities with Internet labels that suit their needs. Joining the Domain Test initiative is just another step in the same direction for us. The more Web developers understand these TLDs, the more the aforementioned communities are likely to be able to benefit from them.”

Mar 242016

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Lorsque le constructeur bavarois affiche ses idées pour les cent prochaines années d’innovation automobile, rien n’est laissé au hasard. Pas même l’adresse Internet.

BMW rejoint en effet le club de moins en moins fermé des grandes entreprises utilisatrices d’URL se terminant en “non .COM”. En l’occurrence, c’est sa propre extension, obtenue auprès du régulateur mondial de l’Internet (l’ICANN), que BMW met en avant.

Lire la suite de l’article sur le Huffington Post.

Mar 142016

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September 2017 will see a major event for the global architecture community when the International Union of Architects (UIA) Congress opens in Seoul, South Korea.

UIA World Congresses are now held every 3 years, with a total of 24 having been organised since the UIA’s inception in 1948.

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Mar 112016


To the 2,000-odd regular attendees of Internet naming and addressing system overseer ICANN, recent conversations have been focussed on meeting locations.

It all started with Panama. The home of the world-famous canal was scheduled to be the next ICANN meeting, in June 2016. Then Zika hit and forced a hasty change of plans. This week, at the close of ICANN’s 55th International meeting in Marrakech (Morocco), the Finnish capital Helsinki was confirmed as the replacement venue for ICANN 56.

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Feb 232016


Connue et admirée à l’étranger, la capacité d’innovation des industriels français et mal reconnue par leurs compatriotes. Pourtant, nos entreprises osent tous les jours, empruntant parfois des chemins que même les américains ne défrichent pas.

A l’image du Groupe Maulin, l’un des principaux exploitants de stations de ski en France. A une époque où nombreux considèrent le .COM comme incontournable sur Internet, Maulin axe toute sa stratégie Internet autour du .SKI, une extension qui n’existait même pas il y a 6 mois!

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Feb 172016

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Held February 10 to 13, Biofach 2016 beat the previous year’s record with around 48,000 participants (compared to 2015’s 44,624 visitors). Over 2,500 exhibitors were in attendance, highlighting the strong increase in public awareness of the values of the organic movement: healthy living and eating.

Biofach is the world’s leading trade and industry show for the organic industry. As the operator of the organic movement’s flagship Internet suffix .BIO, StartingDot was in attendance at the 2016 event in Nuremberg, Germany.

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