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Verisign Delegates Four New gTLDs to the Root Zone

Pat Kane | Oct 23, 2013

On Oct. 23, 2013, at approximately 11:00 a.m. EDT, Verisign received authorization instructions from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to delegate four new gTLDs into the root zone, which we are responsible for maintaining per the Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and NTIA. Verisign acted in accordance with our contractual obligation and delegated these TLDs into the root zone at 2:33 p.m. EDT the same day. 

Verisign has entered the ASCII versions of the strings listed below into the DNS root, now making these gTLDs live. 

  •  .сайт (XN--80ASWG): Russian word for “Web site”
  • .онлайн (XN--80ASEHDB) Russian word for “.online”
  •  شبكة. (XN--NGBC5AZD) Arabic word for “Web” or “Network,” and; 
  • .游戏 (XN--UNUP4Y) Chinese word for “Game”

Response to NTIA

Pat Kane | Aug 08, 2013

FYI…We just sent a response back to the NTIA. We first reached out to them on May 30 regarding Verisign’s concerns around the advisability of rapid delegation of new gTLDS to the root zone.  We received NTIA’s response on August 2 asking for Verisign to provide NTIA with “written confirmation no later than August 16 that Verisign will process change requests for the new gTLD program when authorized to delegate a new gTLD.” ICANN was cc:ed on both letters and was kind enough to post each of the letters on their website on August 3. We’re sure the third letter we just sent today will be added to the ICANN correspondence website in the next day or so. 

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Update on Verisign’s IDN Implementation Plans

Pat Kane | Jul 12, 2013

The composition of the Internet’s population has seen a dramatic shift over the last two decades. In 1996, the majority of end users were based in the U.S.; according to a 2012 Comscore report, the non-English speaking Internet population has grown to 87 percent, with more than 40 percent based in the Asia-Pacific region. In order to embrace this population shift, we believe the Internet must become multilingual so it can be accessible and relevant to the majority of end users today.

By enabling more end users to navigate the Internet in scripts representing their native language and more companies to maintain a common brand identity across many scripts, IDNs have the potential to make the Internet more accessible and thus usable to end users around the world. This accessibility is why IDNs have generated considerable attention since Verisign introduced IDNs at the second-level in 2000.

As you may already know, last year Verisign applied for 12 transliterations of .com and .net through ICANN’s new gTLD program:


We worked with linguistic experts to identify regionally specific transliterations that represent a localized version of .com and .net into one of several non-Latin scripts.  Although transliterations are not direct translations of the strings .com and .net, based on our research into the regional markets, we determined these transliterations to be good options for representing .com or .net in the local script.


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Multilingualism on the Internet and other key learnings from WSIS+10

Pat Kane | Mar 14, 2013

Recently I joined a number of world leaders, policy makers, NGOs and other groups at the first World Summit on the Information Society review event, WSIS+10. The discussions focused on how we can all make progress toward achieving a truly multilingual, open Internet for everyone and establishing a knowledge-driven society. Hopefully, some of the key learnings will help shape the next review event in 2014 and also encourage a continuing dialogue about how to lower the digital divides that prevents so many users around the world from navigating the Web in non-native scripts and languages. There were many interesting workshops, seminars and interactive sessions happening at the meeting, but I wanted to share some thoughts about a special panel I participated on regarding Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) with Janis Karklins, Baher Esmat, Minjung Park, and Christine Arida, hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 


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Domain Hijacking Represents a Serious but Manageable Threat

Pat Kane | Oct 30, 2012
Companies and organizations large and small have expressed increasing concern over reports of so-called "domain name hijacking," in which perpetrators fraudulently transfer domain names by password theft or social engineering.

The impact of these attacks can be significant, as hijackers are typically able to gain complete control of a victim’s domain name – often for a significant period of time. During that time, hijackers can defraud a victim’s customers, use a hijacked domain name as a launch point for malware, or just soil a victim’s hard-earned reputation and brand awareness. 

While the danger of domain name hijacking is significant, it is a threat that can be significantly reduced with proper planning and mitigation techniques. 

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