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ICA Lambasts ICANN After .Org Price Caps Removed

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After a comment period which drew feedback from thousands of people and organizations that opposed the removal of price caps for the .org registry, ICANN announced that the .org registry agreement was renewed. ICANN released this news during its ICANN65 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco last night.

Here’s an excerpt from the news bulletin from ICANN:

ICANN to Hold Industry Stakeholder Training Before NamesCon

If you’re in the domain investment business and planning to attend NamesCon Europe in Portugal later on this month, ICANN is hosting a Domain Name Industry Stakeholder Training session a day before the conference. The session is free to attend and is scheduled for June 19 from 9am to 4pm.

The ICANN Twitter account tweeted about the session today:

My Favorite Domain Name in Spain

I attended the ICANN Barcelona meeting and just returned home. It was nice to connect with friends and colleagues for a few days.

We did a bit of touring while there, and as usual, I was on the lookout for domain names. There were a few things I noticed while there:

  • The .Cat domain extension seemed to be quite popular. .Cat is intended to be used to promote the Catalan language and culture. It’s not a ccTLD, but that seems to be how it is used in Barcelona.
  • I also saw a mixture of .ES (Spain’s ccTLD) and .com domain names. Based on other European travels, I expected to see more .ES domain names. Maybe I was not looking hard enough.
  • I noticed one .Barcelona domain name being promoted – Jazz.Barcelona. A couple of weeks ago, we discussed whether the www. or http are necessary next to a gTLD domain name. In this case, they added the www. before the domain name:

NamesCon to Host Party During ICANN Barcelona

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NamesCon will be hosting a party during the ICANN 63 meeting that will be held in Barcelona in October. The ICANN meeting is scheduled for October 20-25, 2018. The NamesCon party will be held Tuesday, October 23 from 7pm to 10pm.

For those of you who are planning to attend the meeting but are not on the NamesCon email list, here are the details from the party invitation I received:

Interested in joining one of the hottest parties taking place in Barcelona during ICANN63?

Well, this it.

Your hosts include:
Soeren von Varchmin, CEO of NamesCon/CloudFest, who also happens to call Barcelona his home

Rolf Larsen and the crew from .GLOBAL who will be showcasing their spin-off company RegistryOffice

The board of directors of the non-profit organization ID4me.org, who are set to establish a whole new open standard for identity management using domains
This must-attend event will feature paella prepared right on-site, lots of drinks and a cool DJ spinning the latest tunes.

The NamesCon Fiesta party will be held at

Remotely Participate in ICANN 61 Meeting

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The ICANN 61 meeting is being held in Puerto Rico for the next several days. While hundreds of people with domain name interests from around the world will be making the trek to Puerto Rico, there will be many others who didn’t travel who will be participating remotely.

One of the neat things about ICANN meetings is that they are broadcast online. People can observe and/or participate in the meetings from around the world.

On the ICANN.org website, there is a section for the ICANN 61 meeting. Visitors can view the schedule and click on discussions and panels that are of interest to them. They can then connect to the session in real time by clicking on the Adobe Connect link. For instance, people with an interest in the GeoTLD Group Planning Session meeting can visit the meeting page on the schedule and connect using the Adobe Connect link.

For those people who cannot attend an ICANN meeting – or perhaps those who are thinking about attending a future meeting – anyone can sign up to participate in the meeting in real time.

Vice Covers ICANN Key Signing Ceremony

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Speaking of ICANN, I thought you might find this video from Vice to be fascinating. I have heard of the ICANN key signing ceremony before, but I haven’t seen one nor did I know what a production it is with great importance.

Although this ceremony is not directly related to domain name investing, if it weren’t for this event, we probably wouldn’t have an industry:

Thanks to Andee Hill for sharing this!

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