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Afilias New gTLD Pre-Registration is Here


After years of discussion and preparation, Afilias is excited to start the process of bringing our two dozen-plus New generic Top-Level Domains to the public. As a first step, Afilias has created a special pre-registration microsite. Here, you can tell us which New gTLDs you’re interested in for yourself or your business.

Wrap-up: ICANN 46 in Beijing


ICANN 46 LogoEarlier this April, the largest ICANN meeting ever — more than 2,500 attendees — kicked off in Beijing. Given the imminent addition of hundreds of “dot Brands” to the Internet, the topic of new gTLDs was at the top of the discussion list for all attendees.

Karim Jiwani leaves RegistryPro to pursue new industry opportunities


Today, Afilias Limited announces the resignation of Karim Jiwani, who formerly ran RegistryPro, the .PRO registry and Afilias subsidiary. Under his tenure, the .PRO business doubled, and the registry system was successfully migrated to Afilias’ world-class technical platform. Mr. Jiwani plans to pursue other opportunities in the expanding domain industry.

The final year of Internet fraud


Dot Brand Domains Promise a New World of Online Shopping SecurityThe holiday shopping season is in full swing, and it's a bigger season than ever, especially online. According to Shop.org, online holiday sales this year will increase 12 percent over 2011, translating to $96 billion in sales.

ICANN 45: New gTLDs not far away now


Just a few days have passed since the most recent ICANN meeting in Toronto ended and, like always, it was a whirlwind of activity and information. But this time around, with a new CEO and accompanying organizational changes, it felt like the winds were all moving in the same direction: towards a new era of ICANN effectiveness and, of course, new gTLDs.

Afilias Participates in Global Test of Multilingual IDN Email


On June 19, 2012, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) conducted the first public multilingual Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) email trials -- and Afilias was one of the sponsoring participants. IDN email allows people to use almost any language in their email addresses for their user name, second-level IDN domain name and top-level IDN.

Good News: Afilias selected as registry operator for .post


On June 1, 2012, Afilias signed a formal agreement with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to handle the technical operations for the sponsored .POST domain, with plans to go live later this year.

UPU Director General Edouard Dayan and Paul Donohoe, UPU Programme Manager of Electronic Postal Services, applaud the agreement in Berne.

Being a .PRO when choosing a registry services partner


Have you seen the press release announcing that Afilias has acquired the .PRO registry from Hostway Corporation? We’re excited to bring a new top-level domain into the Afilias family and help grow the use of it. I also think it shows that the top-level domain business is a unique one – and it’s not one to be entered into lightly.