Archive for November 2008

ICANN Update: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Draft Implementation Plan

ICANN is pleased to release an updated draft Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD fast track process [PDF, 265K]. The updated document contains clarifying information about the notion of IDN tables. An IDN Table is a table listing all those characters that a particular TLD registry supports. If one or more of these characters are […]

International domain names get a bit closer and more European-friendly

In early 2009, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) plans to adopt the update for international domain names (IDN) discussed since the beginning of this year. This became evident in the talks at the developers’ meeting in Minneapolis this week. One of the new entries on the list of characters allowed for domains that don’t […]

ICANN Cairo Meeting IDN Presentations

IDNs – An Overview (English) Sun 02 Nov 2008 What it is | At this session ICANN Staff will give an introduction to internationalised domain names (IDNs). The session should cover basic concepts as well as technical rules to be followed if an IDN is considered for future New gTLD applications. Internationalized Domain Names – A […]

How To Sell A Premium Domain Name

As you know, I have a small portfolio of premium domain names, specifically IDNs (get my free ebook here: IDN on Steroids).
Now, for personal reasons, I want to sell this portfolio rather than hold it for the long term.
So how do you sell premium domains, especially during the global economic crisis?
One way is forums. All […]

Tina Dam: Compliance with IDN technical requirements

One of the main IDN related topics from the just-finished ICANN meeting in Cairo that I think deserves some additional attention was:
Why Compliance with IDN technical requirements are a necessity on a global scale
Overall compliance with technical standards are important for TLD registry operators in order to keep their TLD stable and secure and […]

ICANN Concludes Successful 33rd Meeting in Cairo

CAIRO, EGYPT: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) concluded its 33rd International Public Meeting in Cairo today. During the meeting, key issues that will influence the future development of the Internet were discussed by more than 1,000 delegates from 144 countries, including the introduction of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and […]

Russia Wins First Non-Latin Domain Extension .RF (.РФ)

After several months of speculation, ICANN have awarded Russia the first non-latin domain extension; .РФ (.RF). This will be available from next July according to Kommersant, the Russian newspaper
The .РФ zone domains are expected to cover roughly 20 percent of current .RU, forecasted Dmitry Ufaev, the managing partner at RBC Hosting Center. Some 1.75 million […]

IDN Sales Report – October 2008

IDN Sales Report Sept. 1, 2008 – Sept. 30, 2008 All sales are over 500 USD IDN punycode language translation price where 1 ギャンブル.com xn--ock3dqb7a0b gambling japanese 150 000 private 2 direktflü xn--direktflge-heb direct flights german 5 500 sedo 3 ростов.com xn--b1axaggg Rostov russian 4 444 idnforums 4 卫浴.cn xn--rlru91d bathroom vanities chinese 3 126 […]

ICANN’s 33rd International Meeting Arrives In Cairo

Cairo, Egypt: Further progress towards the implementation of new generic Top Level Domains and the global expansion of the domain name system is expected this week, as ICANN opens its 33rd International meeting in Cairo. Over 1,000 delegates from around the world have gathered for the meeting, which is being opened by Dr. Tarek Mohamed […]

ICANN: Fast Track Receives Over 50 Responses

Following the recommendation from the IDNC WG Final report, ICANN sent letters to all countries and territories requesting information about their interest in participating in the Fast Track process. A sample letter is available at The request for information included a brief questionnaire intended to ascertain interest in the Fast Track Process. While ICANN […]