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  • Eight more gTLDs get Chinese licenses

    Radix and MMX have had four new gTLDs each approved for use in China. MMX has had .work, .law, .beer and .购物 (Chinese for “shopping”) approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Radix gained approval for .fun, .online,…

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  • One in three women say they have seen sexism at ICANN

    Almost a third of female members of the ICANN community say they have witnessed sexism in the community, according to the results of a recent survey. Asked “Have you ever experienced or witnessed what you perceive to be sexism or…

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  • Double-charging claims as registries ramp up new gTLD refund demands

    Registry operators have stepped up demands for ICANN to dip into its $100 million new gTLD cash pile to temporarily lower their “burdensome” accreditation fees. A new missive from the Registries Stakeholder Group to ICANN this week also introduces a…

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  • Who should have rights to direct .au names?

    Australian ccTLD registry auDA wants to know what you think about its plans to open up .au to direct second-level domain registrations. It’s no longer a question of if the change should happen, but how it should be implemented. A…

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  • Election season at ICANN

    Two significant votes are coming up soon in the ICANN community, with the GNSO Council looking for a new chair and the ccNSO ready to select a new appointee for the ICANN board of directors. The ccNSO election will see…

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  • Nine registries fighting for .au contract

    Nine domain name companies are battling it out for the right to run Australia’s .au ccTLD. That’s according to auDA, the .au registry, providing an update on the latest stage of its “registry transformation” project today. A decision on which…

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