Domain manager – At Card Loan http://atcardloan.com/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 09:29:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://atcardloan.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/atcard.png Domain manager – At Card Loan http://atcardloan.com/ 32 32 Controversial sale of .org domain manager under review at ICANN https://atcardloan.com/controversial-sale-of-org-domain-manager-under-review-at-icann/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/controversial-sale-of-org-domain-manager-under-review-at-icann/ ICANN is looking into the pending sale of the .org domain manager from a nonprofit to a private equity firm and says it may try to block the transfer. The .org domain is managed by the Public Internet Registry (PIR), which is an affiliate of the Internet Society, a non-profit organization. The Internet Society is […]]]>

ICANN is looking into the pending sale of the .org domain manager from a nonprofit to a private equity firm and says it may try to block the transfer.

The .org domain is managed by the Public Internet Registry (PIR), which is an affiliate of the Internet Society, a non-profit organization. The Internet Society is trying to sell PIR to private equity firm Ethos Capital.

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) said last week that he addressed requests for information to the PIR in order to determine whether the transfer should be authorized. “ICANN will carefully assess the responses, and then ICANN will have an additional 30 days to provide or deny consent to the request,” the organization said.

ICANN, which is also a non-profit organization, previously told the Financial Times that he “has no authority over the proposed acquisition”, giving the impression that the sale was virtually a done deal. But even that earlier statement gave ICANN some leeway. ICANN “has stated that its job is simply to” keep the .org domain running, “which implies that it could only stop the sale if the stability and security of the domain name infrastructure were threatened, “the Financial Times wrote in November. 28.

In its new statement last week, ICANN noted that the .org registry agreement between PIR and ICANN requires PIR to “obtain prior approval from ICANN prior to any transaction that would result in a change of control. registry operator ”.

ICANN can raise a “reasonable” objection

The Registry Agreement allows ICANN to request transaction details “including information about the party acquiring control, its ultimate parent, and whether they meet the registry operator criteria adopted by the Registry Operator. ICANN (as well as financial resources and operational and technical capacities), ”noted ICANN. ICANN’s 30-day review period begins after PIR provides these details.

Under the registry agreement, ICANN said it would apply “a standard of reasonableness” in determining whether to allow the change of control over the .org domain. As noted by Domain Name Wire in a new stories, whether ICANN can block the transfer using this standard “may ultimately be determined by the courts”.

The agreement between PIR and ICANN designates PIR as the registry operator for the .org top-level domain. It says that “neither party may assign any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement without the prior written approval of the other party, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.”

Concern about price increases, transparency

The pending sale comes months after ICANN approved a contract change that removes price caps on .org domain names. The sale raised concerns that Ethos Capital would impose significant price increases.

ICANN says it wants to make the transaction review process more transparent. But ICANN apparently needs PIR’s permission to publish PIR’s request for information and responses, and so far PIR has denied a request to release documents. In the last week letter at the PIR and the Internet Society, ICANN General Counsel and Secretary John Jeffrey urged the PIR to make the information public:

As you well know, transparency is the cornerstone of ICANN and how ICANN acts to protect the public interest while fulfilling its role. In light of the level of interest generated by the recently announced acquisition of PIR, both within the ICANN community and more generally, we continue to believe that it is essential that your application, as well as questions and answers following the request, and any other related documents, be made public.

Although PIR previously denied our request to publish the request, we urge you to reconsider your decision. We also think that it would be very useful for us to publish the questions that are put to you and your answers to those questions. We will of course provide you with the opportunity to draft portions of the materials which you believe contain personally identifiable information prior to posting and renewing this offer here.

Like you, [ISOC CEO] André [Sullivan], declared publicly during a webcast meeting you attended on December 5, 2019, you are uncomfortable with the lack of transparency. Many of us watching the communications about this transaction are also uncomfortable.

In summary, we again reiterate our belief that it is imperative that you commit to carrying out this process in an open and transparent manner, starting with posting the application and related material, and allowing us to post to you. our questions and your full answers.

We contacted PIR today and the organization said it was unable to respond to the request to release the documents due to confidentiality agreements. PIR told Ars:

PIR is committed to being transparent with ICANN and the Internet community, and PIR is working to answer ICANN’s questions and explain why this acquisition will be good for the .org community. But like any business in the midst of an acquisition, and in accordance with other changes of control that have been reviewed by ICANN, we are limited in what we can publicly release due to[it]y agreements with other parties and proprietary information regarding the transaction.

PIR defends the sale

PIR CEO Jon Nevett defended the pending sale in a blog post last week, calling it “the best way for the future of .org”.

“[A] diversified portfolio is much better, and less risky, than relying on a single company like Public Interest Registry, in a single industry, for almost all of its funding, ”Nevett wrote.

Under the ownership of the Internet Society, PIR has “been in perpetual ‘harvest’ mode, where PIR sends the fruits of our labor to support the incredible work they do,” continued Nevett. “A relationship with Ethos will allow us to invest in .org, which will allow us to offer more to the .org community and the Internet in general. “

But critics of the sale want written guarantees that the new owner won’t impose steep price increases. ICANN Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) called on the ICANN board to demand public interest protections in the sale. For example, the NCSG said that before any increase in wholesale prices, registrants of .org domain names should have “six months to renew their domains for periods of up to 20 years at the pre-existing annual rate.”

Ethos Capital should also commit to respecting content neutrality by committing to “not suspend or remove domains on the basis of their publication of political, cultural, social, ethnic, religious and personal content, even false, offensive. , indecent, or unethical material, like that protected by the US First Amendment, ”NCSG said.

If Ethos Capital refuses to make these commitments, ICANN should “exercise its right” of the registry agreement to withhold its approval, the NCSG said.

Contacted by Ars, PIR said its existing agreement with ICANN “requires PIR to provide six months notice of any price increase” and that “PIR under a new owner will honor the terms of this contract.” However, PIR did not commit to accepting NCSG’s proposals.

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GoDaddy (finally) integrates Afternic into Domain Manager – Domain Name Wire https://atcardloan.com/godaddy-finally-integrates-afternic-into-domain-manager-domain-name-wire/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/godaddy-finally-integrates-afternic-into-domain-manager-domain-name-wire/ Beta users can list and manage domain names from the GoDaddy Domain Manager. GoDaddy has integrated the Afternic SEO and management process into their domain manager. It took a long time, but GoDaddy finally integrated Afternic listings into the GoDaddy.com domain manager more than four years after the registrar bought Afternic. Domain Investors who grab […]]]>

Beta users can list and manage domain names from the GoDaddy Domain Manager.

GoDaddy has integrated the Afternic SEO and management process into their domain manager.

It took a long time, but GoDaddy finally integrated Afternic listings into the GoDaddy.com domain manager more than four years after the registrar bought Afternic.

Domain Investors who grab the Unique Domain Rating System Token from NamesCon will have access to the new Beta Domain Manager which has the integration.

To begin the integration, users will enter their Afternic credentials to merge their Afternic account into GoDaddy. After that, all pricing and domain listings will take place from the GoDaddy website.

This means that GoDaddy Premium Listings is about to disappear. Premium Lists have been a bit redundant since GoDaddy acquired Afternic in 2013. But with GoDaddy’s 60-day lockdown and without full Afternic integration, Premium Lists have functioned as a stopgap.

The old way of listing domains on Afternic that had just been acquired from GoDaddy involved:

1. Log in and register on Afternic.
2. Domains that transferred ownership to GoDaddy are locked for 60 days, so the Afternic Fast Transfer integration is not yet live. Sign up for Premium Lists so that the domain is active for the 60 day window.
3. After 60 days, receive an email from GoDaddy asking you to sign up for Quick Transfer. Click and authentication required.

Now it will work like this:

1. Log in and list on GoDaddy.

That’s it. You will no longer have to click on a confirmation email. Domains will be added for sale on GoDaddy immediately and across the AfternicDLS network after 60 days.

There is an additional benefit for domain owners. Many have asked for landers for sale only, and Afternic is now offering them. Directly in the registration process, customers can choose to transfer the domain to an Afternic lander with an application form and Afternic phone number.

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US plans to drop oversight of web domain manager https://atcardloan.com/us-plans-to-drop-oversight-of-web-domain-manager/ Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:00:00 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/us-plans-to-drop-oversight-of-web-domain-manager/ WASHINGTON — The US government is considering relinquishing control over the body that manages Internet names and addresses, a move that could lead to greater international cooperation on Web management, but will make some American businesses nervous. The Commerce Department said on Friday that it plans to relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for […]]]>

WASHINGTON — The US government is considering relinquishing control over the body that manages Internet names and addresses, a move that could lead to greater international cooperation on Web management, but will make some American businesses nervous.

The Commerce Department said on Friday that it plans to relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, which maintains a number of technical functions that serve as benchmarks to help computers locate the right servers. and websites.

The action is seen as a response to growing international concern over U.S. control over the fabric of the Internet, especially in light of recent revelations about surveillance by the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies.

Other governments have complained that the department’s contract with Icann gives the United States unique influence over the web, which they could use for a variety of purposes. In response to these concerns, the Obama administration is organizing a process to create a new oversight structure for Icann when the current contract expires in September 2015.

Alan Marcus, senior director of the World Economic Forum, said that “the NSA has tarnished American management” of the Web. Mr Marcus said the United States must relinquish control of the web before new leadership can emerge. “There are real issues that are being obscured” by US leaders, he said.

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The action had been debated among technologists and policymakers, but the prospect of a relinquishment of US control worries some companies due to the potential for censorship.

“If you give the registration of a domain name to someone who does not want certain classes of domains to be registered, you are setting up a censorship structure,” said Bill Reinsch, chairman of the National Board of Trade. exterior, which represents companies.

In recent years, US policymakers have pushed back calls from countries like China and Russia for the UN and ITU to play a greater role in overseeing the fabric of the Web. US officials have already argued that such an arrangement would lead to the crackdown on free speech and the balkanization of the internet.

“We thank the US government for its management, its guidance over the years. We thank them today for having trusted the global community to replace this management with the appropriate accountability mechanisms,” said the CEO of the ‘Icann, Fadi Chehadé.

Icann will kick off the process later this month at an event in Singapore and gather feedback throughout the year, with the goal of completing the new governance structure by September 2015, when the existing contract with the Commerce Department will expire. Anyone interested in Internet management is invited to participate.

According to Larry Strickling, administrator of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the new governance model must ensure that Icann is free from government influence. The plan must also meet several other conditions, such as preserving the security and stability of the Internet while keeping it open and free from censorship.

Until 1998, the functions were managed by Jon Postel, computer scientist at the University of Southern California, one of the first pioneers of the World Wide Web. On Postel’s death in 1998, the Commerce Department signed a contract with Icann to take over these functions, making Icann the primary body responsible for setting policy on domains and Internet addresses.

Mr Strickling said the United States still viewed its role in overseeing Icann as temporary.

“The internet was designed to be borderless and this shift towards a more multi-stakeholder governance model creates an opportunity to preserve its security, stability and openness,” said Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and chief evangelist of Internet, in a press release.

Some Silicon Valley executives are backing the move, which they see as inevitable in light of concerns over the NSA disclosures.

“I’m not sure they have a choice,” said Peter Schwartz, senior vice president of global government relations for software maker Salesforce.com Inc., who heard Icann’s presentation Thursday in Silicon Valley. “They better get out of this first.

Write to Gautham Nagesh at gautham.nagesh@wsj.com

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