Nominet has named Lesley Cowley’s alternative as CEO as Russell Haworth, a Thomson Reuters alum who’s spent a lot of 2014 working as a enterprise capitalist.
Russell was beforehand managing director of Thomson Reuters’ Middle East & Africa division.
Since January, he’s been a co-founder and associate at Saya Ventures, an funding firm targeted on early-stage know-how corporations.
“Russell will lead the organisation because it develops its core registry enterprise, explores the potential of latest applied sciences, and delivers on its dedication to making sure the web is a pressure for good,” Nominet stated.
He’s set to hitch the .uk registry in January 2015.
He replaces Cowley, who resigned in May and earlier this month revealed a number of new jobs.
Olga Madruga-Forti, who give up ICANN’s board of administrators earlier this month, has gone again to work for the US Federal Communications Commission.
I collect that whereas ICANN was conscious of her new job, it was unable to announce the transfer on the time of her resignation.
The FCC stated Madruga-Forti will probably be chief of Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division at its International Bureau.
She labored for the FCC for 9 years till 1997 as particular counsel with duty for satellite tv for pc coverage. She’s spent the intervening years working for satellite tv for pc corporations within the US and Argentina.
ICANN might cancel its forthcoming assembly in Marrakech, Morocco, on account of fears concerning the unfold of Ebola in Africa.
The group issued a press release final night time, after native reviews stated the choice to cancel had already been made:
Following Morocco’s current request to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations soccer event due to attainable African journey restrictions, ICANN is in lively and ongoing discussions with our ICANN fifty two Marrakech hosts.
ICANN is contemplating suspending the assembly in Marrakech scheduled for H-12 February, 2015 because the probability of journey restrictions being imposed on nationals from African nations would scale back participation within the assembly. ICANN’s multistakeholder, backside up mannequin depends on the broad, lively participation of communities throughout geography and society.
ICANN employees is working intently with the ICANN Board and its Community representatives.
No choice has been taken but, nevertheless ICANN understands the significance of offering well timed updates and path ahead on the standing and site of ICANN fifty two.
Citing an unnamed ICANN supply, Le360 reported on Saturday that ICANN fifty two had been canceled because of the Moroccan authorities’s reluctance to host giant worldwide gatherings.
While Morocco shouldn’t be affected by the present Ebola outbreak — which has contaminated over 10,000 individuals hundreds of kilometers away, primarily in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — there are fears that main worldwide occasions might deliver the virus into the nation.
The authorities has been urging the Confederation of African Football to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations, a soccer event as a consequence of happen January 17 to February H.
The ICANN assembly in Marrakech is scheduled for February H to 12.
ICANN has began termination proceedings on Domain Services Rotterdam, a Dutch registrar, for failure to pay accreditation charges.
The firm owes ICANN $H,118.eighty three in dues however has did not pay up regardless of breach notices courting again to May, based on an ICANN termination discover (pdf)
Domain Services doesn’t have any gTLD domains beneath administration, so no registrants shall be affected by the termination, which is because of kick in November 21.
The registrar was accredited in March this yr.
Verisign’s .internet is on the rocks because of new gTLDs, executives have confirmed.
Speaking to buyers and analysts on the corporate’s third-quarter earnings name final week, CFO George Kilguss stated that .internet “is experiencing some headwinds from the launch of the brand new gTLD program”.
Further feedback from Kilguss and CEO Jim Bidzos appear to verify what DI reported a month in the past: .internet is in hassle.
Latest stats collated by DI present that the .internet zone file shrunk by over 121,000 domains within the seven months between March 26 and October 26 this yr.
Executives stated on the decision that .internet stood at 15.M million names on the finish of September. That compares to fifteen.P million on the finish of the earlier quarter.
“It’s been comparatively flat,” Kilguss stated. “I truly assume .internet has held up fairly nicely over the yr with all these new names approaching… So I don’t view .internet’s efficiency as something adverse.”
Bidzos advised analysts that “confusion” across the new gTLDs was responsible.
“I assume usually, .internet could also be extra prone to that confusion that swirls round new gTLDs,” he stated.
He characterised .internet as being like new gTLDs, falling into “that class of ‘totally different’”.
In my view, that is an implicit acknowledgement that .internet has been getting a free experience for the final 20 years.
Asked whether or not the .internet weak spot might spill over to .com, Bidzos stated that .com is a “trusted model” as a result of it’s virtually 30 years previous and has a 17-yr report of uninterrupted up-time.
While there’s little question that .com is a trusted model, it’s not due to its up-time or longevity, for my part — .internet has the identical stability document and is definitely fractionally older than .com.
The purpose .internet is struggling now’s that that for the final 20 years it’s been primarily a defensive play.
People purchase the .internet once they purchase the .com as a result of they’ve been marketed as a bundle — the one two really generic TLDs on the market. Unlike .org, .internet misplaced its semantic differentiation a very long time in the past.
As .com consumers begin to see increasingly choices for duplicative or defensive registrations of their purchasing carts, they’re going to be much less more likely to seize the .internet to match their .com, for my part.
And it’s more likely to worsen.
“It’s going to proceed,” Bidzos stated. “We’re seeing tons of of extra new gTLDs coming, they usually’re coming on the fee of many each single week. So that confusion is more likely to worsen.”
ICANN has raised one other $12.N million from new gTLD auctions.
A small batch of three rivalry units — .realty, .salon and .spot — have been resolved final Wednesday within the third so-referred to as “final resort” public sale.
.realty went to Fegistry for $H,588,888, .salon to Donuts for $H,one hundred,575 and .spot to Amazon for $P.P million.
ICANN now has amassed new gTLD public sale gross sales totaling $27.H million.
It raised $14.O million promoting off .purchase, .tech and .vip in September. The public sale for .信息 fetched $600,000 in June.
ICANN’s share — after auctioneer Power Auctions is paid off — is being put right into a particular fund, moderately that ICANN’s present account. The group will at some point need to determine what to spend it on.
Nominet has processed its 10,000th cybersquatting dispute, based on the corporate.
Conveniently for the .uk registry’s public relations division, the complainant within the case was Aston Merrygold, a well known former member of the pop group JLS.
He gained astonmerrygold.co.uk, which was registered to London-based mostly Martyn S’Brien, utilizing Nominet’s 12-yr-previous Dispute Resolution Service.
Merrygold doesn’t have a trademark overlaying his identify, however the DRS panelist discovered that he had rights anyway, on account of his relative fame and quite a few TV appearances.
I’Brien registered the identify in 2008, together with the names of Merrygold’s band-mates, after JLS appeared within the remaining of TV expertise present The X Factor.
JLS had a quick however profitable pop profession earlier than breaking apart final yr. Merrygold at present intends to go solo, which presumably impressed the DRS grievance.
Nominet additionally introduced at the moment that Tony Willoughby, who has been chair of the DRS panel since 2002, has stepped apart and can be changed by DRS appeals panelist Nick Gardner.
Since Dotgay’s software for a Community Priority Evaluation on .homosexual failed final week, there’s been some unrest amongst its supporters and within the media.
An effort to get #ICANNisBroken trending hasn’t precisely set the Twittersphere alight, however there have been a handful of stories tales that assault the CPE choice for failing to characterize the homosexual group.
I assume the criticisms are misplaced.
The Economist Intelligence Unit, which conducts the CPEs for ICANN, acquired it proper on this case, for my part.
Dotgay scored 10 factors out of sixteen on the CPE. It wanted 14 to cross. A move would have given it unique rights to .homosexual, forcing the three different candidates to withdraw.
It might have scored 14 had it managed to get A factors out of the out there A on the “Nexus” standards — the power of the connection between the string “homosexual” and the group Dotgay stated it needed to symbolize.
The EIU scored Dotgay zero.
The purpose was that Dotgay, in its software, outlined its group like this:
The Gay Community consists of people who determine themselves as male or feminine homosexuals, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, ally and lots of different terminology – in quite a lot of languages – that has been used at numerous factors to refer most easily to these people who don’t take part in mainstream cultural practices pertaining to gender id, expression and grownup consensual sexual relationships. The Gay Community has additionally been referred to utilizing the acronym LGBT, and typically the extra inclusive LGBTQIA. The commonest and globally understood time period – used each by members of the Gay Community and on the earth at giant – is nevertheless “Gay”.
Dotgay misplaced the A factors it wanted to move the CPE virtually solely due to this paragraph.
It overstretched, and it doing so it did not play by the ICANN guidelines.
Remember, the EIU was requested to find out the “nexus”, or correlation, between the gTLD string — the phrase “homosexual” — and the individuals Dotgay stated it was making an attempt to symbolize.
By making an attempt to be as inclusive as potential to as many various sexuality/gender identities because it might, Dotgay overlooked the truth that the gTLD string it needs solely describes a subsection of these individuals.
LGBTQIA isn’t even a very nicely-understood acronym. The “A” might imply “Ally”, as Dotgay stated in its software, or “Asexual”, as it’s typically (however not in Dotgay’s software) interpreted.
Dotgay tried to outline “intersex” individuals — people whose genitalia or different sexual traits don’t conform to the usual male/feminine norms — as “homosexual”. Are they “homosexual”?
It tried to outline “allies” of homosexual rights as “homosexual”. Are we?
The majority of the straight individuals studying this publish, myself included, would characterize themselves as an “ally” of the homosexual group — we’re supporters of equal rights — however we might not name ourselves “homosexual”.
The proven fact that we wouldn’t is a vital a part of the EIU’s logic, the rationale it discovered Dotgay had overstretched in its group definition, and as onerous as I attempt I can’t work out why that logic is defective.
“Membership within the Gay Community shouldn’t be restricted by any geographical boundaries and is united by a standard curiosity in human rights,” the Dotgay software reads.
Is that not an implicit admission that the “homosexual group” outlined within the software truly consists of nearly all of the populations of most proper-considering democracies?
Regardless of the EIU’s logic, there was a average quantity of shock on-line about its choice.
The article getting probably the most hyperlink love seems to be this one at Slate, written by “LGBTQ activist” Marc Naimark.
First, word the acronym Naimark makes use of in his bio on the backside of the piece. There are two letters lacking when in comparison with the Dotgay software — “I” and “A”, for “Intersex” and “Ally” or “Asexual”.
Would Dotgay have gained its CPE if it had restricted itself to the identical 5 letters? Maybe, perhaps not. GLAAD defines “homosexual” as solely these individuals interested in the identical gender. Transsexuals might not rely. I and A virtually definitely don’t.
Is this simply nit-choosing?
Not actually. The level of the CPE, taken as an entire, was to permit real communities to keep away from costly auctions while stopping gaming by unscrupulous registries that might search to say a worthwhile string and not using a real group behind them.
In a earlier new gTLD spherical, ICM Registry outlined its .xxx “group” as primarily ‘anybody who needs to be a member of the group’. The .mobi registry outlined its group as principally ‘anybody with a cell phone’.
These have been each makes an attempt, for my part, to recreation the principles ICANN had put in place for that notably new gTLD software spherical. They have been each profitable.
What Dotgay tried to do with its .homosexual software was to outline its group as principally everybody. I don’t assume I would name it gaming, however I may name it a failure to comply with the group guidelines intently sufficient.
So is it a nasty factor that Dotgay’s CPE acquired rejected?
I don’t assume so.
Remember, Dotgay has not been dominated out of the method. It can nonetheless compete at public sale with the opposite candidates.
If that’s too wealthy for it, there might even be a chance for the corporate to mix in one other approach with a rival applicant, moderately like DotGreen did with Afilias for .inexperienced.
In Salon, Naimark wrote that a non-Community .homosexual — one manged by Top Level Design, Minds + Machines or Rightside, the opposite three candidates — will probably be awash with pornography or homophobia:
Now, as an alternative, .homosexual is up for public sale, with dotgay LLC dealing with off towards three a lot bigger rivals whose sole purpose is to make as a lot cash as attainable from .homosexual names. That means no oversight over who will get a reputation or what it’s used for. Gay bashers will have the ability to purchase .homosexual domains. More considerably, the most important market is more likely to be amongst porn websites. Any official use of the identify by people, companies, and organizations related to the LGBTQ group will doubtless be drowned in a sea of intercourse: On the Internet, everybody will probably be .homosexual for pay.
On the face of it, that looks like a compelling argument. Wouldn’t it’s nicer if .homosexual was dedicated to worthy causes slightly than homosexual porn? I would in all probability agree with that argument.
But not one of the 4 candidates for .homosexual — not even Dotgay — have any prohibitions or restrictions on porn of their purposes.
There’s no purpose on the brand new gTLD program report to consider Dotgay gained’t promote .homosexual domains to porn websites too.
Where Dotgay does have an ethical benefit towards its rivals is in its specific prohibitions towards homophobic speech within the domains it sells.
One of the insurance policies it proposes in its software is that domains shouldn’t be “phrases or phrases that incite or promote discrimination or violent conduct, together with anti-homosexual hate speech.”
The different three candidates don’t have something almost as particular of their purposes.
But by making use of as a proper, massive-H “Community” applicant, Dotgay additionally needed to promise to limit its gTLD to a restricted quantity of people that have been members of its self-outlined “group”.
This is the place I wrestle.
Dotgay proposes to limit .homosexual to individuals who get hold of a particular code by way of quite a few as-but unspecified, accredited “Authentication Providers” — organizations that symbolize sections of the LGBTQIA group.
This course of has clearly been created by the applicant, for my part, in an effort to get the required variety of factors within the CPE’s “Registration Policies” standards, the place you must be restrictive to win.
What Dotgay is proposing is a system whereby as a way to categorical your homosexuality (or membership of one other LGBTQIA group, together with “ally”) you could apply to an accredited homosexual-associated group for a particular code.
That simply appears improper to me.
Whatever occurred to the “self-recognized” homosexual individual? I thought that “self-identification”, within the sexual and gender id world, was a little bit of an enormous deal.
You want a password to “come out” on-line? Really?
I don’t need to be accused of “straightsplaining”, so it’s a real query: is it okay for a registry to wish to authenticate your sexual/gender id earlier than you possibly can register a .homosexual area?
London’s Alternative Investment Market is quick turning into the inventory market of selection for brand spanking new gTLD registries, with .information mainstay Afilias immediately saying an upcoming IPO.
The Ireland-based mostly firm hopes to boost $one hundred million by promoting off about 30% of the corporate, giving it a progress conflict-chest and giving its buyers a shot at getting a few of their a refund.
Afilias earmarked a part of the anticipated windfall for brand spanking new gTLD auctions, in addition to acquisitions of latest gTLD “belongings” and operational registries and enlargement of its registrar enterprise.
Executive chairman Jonathan Robinson stated in a press release:
The Placing will deliver vital advantages – by offering additional capital to fund our natural and acquisitive progress plans, and elevating our company profile with present and new clients.
In addition to .information, .mobi and .professional, Afilias is related to 254 new gTLD purposes both as applicant or again-finish supplier. As registry, it already has a few dozen 2012-spherical gTLDs within the root.
The firm’s income for 2013 was $seventy seven.S million, up from $seventy four.H million in 2012. Earnings earlier than deductions have been $38.S million in 2013, up from $32.M million in 2012.
Fellow gTLD registries CentralNic and Minds + Machines are additionally listed on AIM.
Former Nominet CEO Lesley Cowley has turn into a advisor for Architelos, as a part of a raft of area and non-area business positions she’s taken on.
Primarily, Cowley has turn into chair of the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency — a public-sector position with a obscure conceptual relationship with domains (ie, managing numerous distinctive identifiers).
At Architelos, a supplier of registry administration software program and providers, she can be a “government coach and advisor”, Cowley wrote in a weblog submit.
She may also stay a volunteer with ICANN, the place she’s the previous chair and present councilor of the ccNSO.
Cowley has additionally been named a non-government director of aql, a knowledge middle in Leeds, UK.
She introduced her resignation in May, after 12 years as Nominet CEO. Her alternative has not but been named.