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Oh, the irony! Banned anti-Islam activist shows up on “Turkish” new gTLD domain

Tommy Robinson, who has been banned from most major social media platforms due to his anti-Islam “hate speech”, is now conducting business via a domain name that some believe rightfully belongs to the Muslim-majority nation of Turkey. The registration could add fuel to the fight between ICANN and its governmental advisers over whether certain domains […]

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“Stringent” new online censorship law could affect domain companies

Blame Zuck. The UK government is planning to introduce what it calls “stringent” new laws to tackle abusive behavior online, and there’s a chance it could wind up capturing domain name registries and registrars in its net. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport this morning published what it calls the Online Harms White Paper, […]

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Nominet takes down 32,000 domains for IP infringement

The number of .uk domains suspended by Nominet has doubled over the last year, almost entirely due to takedown requests concerning intellectual property. The .uk registry said this week that it suspended 32,813 domains in the 12 months to October 31, up from 16,632 in the year-ago period. It’s the fourth year in a row […]

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Incel hate site jumps to Iceland after doMEn suspends .me domain

Incels.me, a web forum that hosts misogynist rants by “involuntarily celibate” men, has found a new home after .me registry doMEn suspended its domain. The web site has reappeared, apparently unscathed, under Iceland’s .is domain, at incels.is. doMEn said in a blog post yesterday that it had suspended incels.me at the registry level due to […]

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ICANN probing Donuts and Tucows over anti-Jewish web site

ICANN is investigating Tucows and Donuts over a web site that hosts antisemitic, white supremacist content. CEO Goran Marby said in a letter published this week that he has referred a complaint about the web site judas.watch to ICANN’s Compliance department. The web site in question says it is dedicated to documenting “anti-White traitors, agitators […]

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How .com became a restricted TLD

Verisign has been given approval to start restricting who can and cannot register .com and .net domain names in various countries. Customers of Chinese registrars are the first to be affected by the change to the registry’s back-end system, which was made last year. ICANN last week gave Verisign a “free to deploy” notice for […]

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GMO and Radix secure Chinese gTLD approval

GMO Registry and Radix have won Chinese government approval for their respective new gTLDs .shop and .site. It’s the second batch of foreign new gTLDs to get the nod from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, following .vip, .club and .xyz in early December. They’re also the first two Asian registries from outside China […]

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.xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China

The Chinese government has granted licenses to operate in the country to its first tranche of new gTLDs — .vip, .club and .xyz. The agreements mean that Chinese registrars will be able to give their Chinese customers the ability to actually use their domains for web sites. It also means the companies will be obliged […]

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China floats domain crackdown plans

The Chinese government is planning a crackdown on internet domains that could see mass censorship of non-Chinese names. Draft rules floated for public comment this week are being widely reported as potentially blocking any domain that is not registered via a registry or registrar with a government license. There are more than 50 provisions in […]

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Rape ban results in just one .uk takedown, but piracy suspensions soar

Nominet’s controversial policy of suspending domain names that appear to condone rape resulted in one .uk domain being taken down last year. That’s according to a summary of take-downs published by Nominet yesterday. The report (pdf) reveals that 3,889 .uk names were taken down in the 12 months to October 31, 2015. That’s up on […]

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