ICANN Update: August 2014

This month, we look at the latest issues in the Internet governance world, including how registries are raising awareness of their gTLDs and a new investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Google to Start Recognizing IDNs

Google has announced that it has taken steps in order to recognize IDN email addresses in its Gmail and Calendar applications.

NetNames has always believed that Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) represent, in part, the future of the Internet. This announcement from Google brings us one step closer a truly international Internet without language or script boundaries.

Founder Programmes

Many new gTLD registries launch with founder programmes in an effort to raise awareness of their gTLDs. This strategy also gives brands an opportunity to secure their domains before anyone else. For example, Oxfam, WWF and Save the Children have all secured their own .ngos before the registry opens. 

China’s Internet Users Pass 632 Million

The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) recently announced official figures for Internet use in China. Chinese users have increased by 2.3% since 2013. The launch of .online and .website in Chinese gives brands the perfect platform for addressing this vast user base in their own language.

FTC to Investigate .xyz TLD

.xyz registrations volumes are head and shoulders above all new gTLDs at close to half a million. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has therefore announced that it “is investigating the methods by which Network Solutions has marketed its domain name and web hosting services to customers".