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Newsletter (16 February 2015)
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■ ICANN and APTLD Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Regional Collaboration.Click Here to View
■ APTLD Report on ICANN 52 is published on the website. Click Here to View
■ APTLD Appoints Leonid Todorov as General Manager! Click Here to View

■ APTLD’s next meeting will be held February 26 & 27 in Fukuoka Japan in conjunction with APRICOT 2015. Online Registration Hotel Booking


Let’s meet APTLD’s new General Manager – Leonid Todorov

Leonid Todorov came from a background which includes the private sector and academia. In 2008, he joined the Co-ordination Centre for .RU top level domain as Head of Government and International Relations and contributed to the success of the Cyrillic-script IDN ccTLD and the launch of new gTLDs.
 
As a member of the Organizing Committee, Leonid has also been engaged in creating and promoting the Russian Internet Governance Forum. He also sits on the Steering Group for the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). In 2013-2014, he sat on the ISOC Advisory Business Council and currently is a member of the CCNSO ICANN’s Strategic and Operations Plan Working Group. Leonid’s focus is on ccTLDs’ operation, Internet governance, new gTLDs, public policy and international cooperation in the ICT area, and cyber security.
 
Leonid is a faculty member of the European Summer School on Internet Governance. He has authored and co-authored a number of publications on these issues, and has presented at various national and international events.

 
Members News


(.cn CNNIC)
CNNIC Passed the 2014 Annual Webtrust Audit
http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/
201501/t20150127_51602.htm

 
CNNIC Awarded “Outstanding Organizing Group for
the First World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit”
http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201502
/t20150213_51687.htm

 
(.nz Internet NZ)
Round of applause for Sky TV
https://internetnz.nz/news/round-applause-sky-tv
 
(ictQatar)
ictQATAR, Subsidiaries Mark Qatar National Sport
Day with Great Activities
http://www.ictqatar.qa/en/news-events/news/
ictqatar-subsidiaries-mark-qatar-national-sport-day-
great-activities

 
ictQATAR Launches “Haseen” in Cooperation
with SEC
http://www.ictqatar.qa/en/news-events/news/ictqatar-
launches-“haseen”-cooperation-sec

 
(.cc/.tv Verisign)
Verisign Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year
2014 Results
http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news
/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?
artLink=aHR0cDovL3ZlcmlzaWduLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29
tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MTc4NTA
=
 
(.sg SGNIC)
SGNIC-T-15001: Invitation To Tender (ITT) for System Software And Hardware For SGNIC Domain Name Registration System
http://www.nic.net.sg/news/sgnic-t-15001-invitation-tender-itt-system-software-and-hardware-sgnic-domain-name-registration
 
(ARI Registry)
.cancerresearch – Can a new TLD beat a global disease?
http://www.ariservices.com/blog/
 
(Netnod)
IDNet (AS12496) is now present at Netnod
http://www.netnod.se/idnet-as12496-now-present-netnod
 
(Neustar)
Neustar Commits To The NIST Framework
http://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2015/neustar-commits-to-the-nist-framework
 
EverFi Partners with Neustar to Bring African-American History Into the Classroom

http://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2015/everfi-partners-with-neustar


Active Survey – Registrations Analysis Survey 2015
The data collected will help us build a comprehensive report on the status and evolution of domain registrations in our region in terms of:
 
– Registration volume and growth
– Renewals status and evolution
– Registrars stats
– Registrants/customers
– Other Registry and revenue data
 
The report will also help build the database in order to track the evolution of many of the metrics collected helping us to spot trends and better understand the market.
 

Please find the survey at:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Registrations_analysis_2015


Others

ICANN: IAB Liaison to the RSSAC
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/13/icann-iab-liaison-to-the-rssac/
 
ICANN signs MOU with EURid to develop Local Expertise in DNS Sector in Africa and the Middle East
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/10/icann-mou-eurid-develop-local-expertise-dns-africa-middle-east/
 
.LGBT Public Launch Begins 10 February
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/10/lgbt-public-launch-begins-10-february/
 
ICANN 52: Global Tech Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/09/icann-52-global-tech-leaders-reaffirm-commitment-to-multistakeholder-model-of-internet-governance/
 
Nominet Announces More Security For All .UK Registrants With Two-Factor Authentication
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/08/nominet-security-two-factor-authentication/
 
ICA Responds to ICANN CEO’s Davos Remarks on “Hogging Names” and “Cybersquatting” by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/08/ica-responds-to-icann-ceos-davos-remarks-on-hogging-names-and-cybersquatting-by-philip-corwin-internet-commerce-association/
 
Afilias Announces .POKER Sunrise Period Begins
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/08/afilias-announces-poker-sunrise-period-begins/
 
Domain Name Association Survey Reveals Strong Interest in New gTLDs
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/domain-name-association-survey-reveals-strong-interest-in-new-gtlds/
 
New .CANCERRESEARCH Unique Among New gTLDs With A Goal As Information Resource
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/new-cancerresearch-unique-gtlds/
 
New .CANCERRESEARCH Unique Among New gTLDs With A Goal As Information Resource
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/new-cancerresearch-unique-gtlds/
 
Keyword Domains Again Prominent Part Of Good SEO: AusRegistry Report
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/keyword-domains-seo-ausregistry/
 
Donuts Marks One Year of New gTLD Availability with Over 1.2 Million Registrations
http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/donuts-marks-one-year/
 
Yahoo Files Complaint For YahooLive.ro Domain Name
http://www.domainnews.com/yahoo-files-complaint-for-yahoolive-ro-domain-name.html
 
NameJet Reports $787,000 in Domain Name Sales in January ,2015
http://www.domainnews.com/namejet-reports-787-000-in-domain-name-sales-in-january-2015.html
 
Registry Analytics by Afnic: the solution for managing your registry business
http://www.domainnews.com/registry-analytics-by-afnic-the-solution-for-managing-your-registry-business.html
 
.BE Hits 1.5 Million Domain Name Registrations
http://www.domainnews.com/be-hits-1-5-million-domain-name-registrations.html
 
XH.COM Wins Weekly Sales List at $560,000
http://www.domainnews.com/xh-com-wins-weekly-sales-list-at-560-000.html
 
EURid : High Renewal Rates COntinue for .EU in Q4 2014
http://www.domainnews.com/eurid-high-renewal-rates-continue-for-eu-in-q4-2014.html
 
Verisign Publishes Top 10 Keywords Registered in .COM and .NET in January,2015
http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-publishes-top-10-keywords-registered-in-com-and-net-in-january-2015.html
 
.Work – 3,833 Registrations on Day One of General Availability, .Casa – 1,235 and .LGBT – 404
http://www.domainnews.com/work-3-833-registrations-on-day-one-of-general-availability-casa-1-235-and-lgbt-404.html
 
Sedo Reports $1.2 Million in Domain Sales! Response.com Topped Sedo’s Weekly Sales List at $150,000
http://www.domainnews.com/sedo-reports-1-2-million-in-domain-sales-response-com-topped-sedo-s-weekly-sales-list-at-150-000.html
 
Three Other New gTLDs Delegated, Including .NICO and .Saxo
http://www.domainnews.com/three-other-new-gtlds-delegated-including-nico-and-saxo.html
 
.LGBT Public Launch Begins 10 February
http://www.domainnews.com/lgbt-public-launch-begins-10-february.html
 
Heritage Auctions’ Live Domain Name Auction Hit $1 Million in Domain Name Sales
http://www.domainnews.com/heritage-auctions-live-domain-name-auction-hit-1-million-in-domain-name-sales.html
 
Nominet Announces More Security For All .UK Registrants With Two-Factor Authentication
http://www.domainnews.com/nominet-announces-more-security-for-all-uk-registrants-with-two-factor-authentication.html
 
ICA Responds to ICANN CEO’s Davos Remarks on “Hogging Names” and “Cybersquatting” by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association
http://www.domainnews.com/ica-responds-to-icann-ceo-s-davos-remarks-on-hogging-names-and-cybersquatting-by-philip-corwin-internet-commerce-association.html
 
January 2015 Highest Reported ccTLD Sales
http://www.domainnews.com/january-2015-highest-reported-cctld-sales.html
 
NameJet Reports Almost $800,000 in Domain Name Sales in January
http://www.domainnews.com/namejet-reports-almost-800-000-in-domain-name-sales-in-january.html
 
Four Other New gTLDs delegated, Including .Chat and .Style
http://www.domainnews.com/four-other-new-gtlds-delegated-including-chat-and-style.html
 
Domain Name Association Survey Reveals Strong Interest in New gTLDs

http://www.domainnews.com/domain-name-association-survey-reveals-strong-interest-in-new-gtlds.html


ICANN


CWG-Stewardship Chairs’ Statement – Summary of ICANN 52 Meeting | Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2015-02-12-en
 
ICANN 52 Board Statement on ICANN Sending IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Proposals to NTIA
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-02-12-en
 
ICANN 52 Singapore GAC Communiqué
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-12-en
 
IAB Liaison to the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-11-en
 
IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Responds to Submitted Proposals
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-09-en
 
500+ New gTLDs Introduced into the Internet
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-06-en
 
CWG-Stewardship Publishes Discussion Document for ICANN 52
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-06-en
 
IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group – Fourth Face-to-Face Meeting & Public Session at ICANN 52
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-05-en
 
Design Team Selected for DNS Root Zone Key-Signing-Key
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-04-en
 
Adiel Akplogan to Join ICANN as VP of Technical Engagement
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-04-en
 
Overview of Africa Sessions During ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-03-en
 
Generation Panel for the Armenian Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Seated

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-03-en


Current ICANN Public Consultations

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .DVAG, .TUI, .SPIEGEL, .ALLFINANZ and .FLSMIDTH TLDs
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ctn-release-tlds-2015-01-06-en
 
Annual IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Review
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/idn-cctld-fast-track-2015-01-15-en
 
WHOIS Accuracy Pilot Study Report
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/whois-ars-pilot-2014-12-23-en
 
IDN TLDs – LGR Procedure Implementation – Guidelines for Designing Script-Specific Label Generation Rules (LGR) – Now Open for Public Comment
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/lgr-guidelines-2015-01-15-en
 
GNSO Policy & Implementation Working Group Publishes Initial Recommendations Report for Public Comment
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/policy-implementation-2015-01-19-en
 
Public Comment Sought on Potential Change to Registrar Accreditation Insurance Requirement
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/raa-insurance-2015-01-15-en
 
IDN TLDs – LGR Procedure Implementation – Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 2 is Now Open for Public Comment

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/msr-2014-12-15-en
Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rpm-review-2015-02-02-en