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Continuing our ongoing tradition of digital advocacy, Gandi participated this week in the Internet Education Day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, hosted by the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (www.i2coalition.com), of which Gandi is a founding member.
Since the start of 2012, when the SOPA legislation was defeated by a grassroots opposition movement led by large Internet companies, political power over the information resources that Internet represents has shifted. Ordinary people and the companies they use have become a force for change, or at least to oppose restrictions on individual rights. This week we have a chance to make a real difference again, in the critical area of reforming the law governing mass surveillance.
The Donuts registry, one of the most important in the world of new gTLDs, has put in place a somewhat unique Landrush system which we have decrypted in this post for your reading pleasure.
In the a pile of changes rolling in with the new year, this one is extremely important to understand, because you are probably affected:
there is a new, mandatory contact verification procedure for all new ICANN-dependent domain names registered from 2014 on.
Are you lost in the jungle of new TLDs? This post will show you the way, and lay out what you can expect
in the near future and in the long term.
As the new extensions start to take off, new rules are coming into play, like the URS procedure. Also,
a recent survey by the Afilias registry highlights issues around the launch of these new gTLDs. The ".brand" aspect will forever change the use of social networks by companies looking to promote their brands.
UPDATED Nov 6: We've been talking about it for months:
November 5 (or the week after, if it's still quirky) November 29th marks the beginning of a new era in the world of domain names.
Note: there is an update to this now-outdated post here.
Following a beta test period
announced earlier this year, Gandi is pleased to be able to offer private VLAN functionality to all of our IaaS customer base.
You can now secure your Gandi login with a deeper level of authentication, keeping your domains and web content more secure from theft and defacement. Given the recent reports of registrar hacking, DNS hijacking, and the targeting of news web sites and domains, this is a timely feature.
Most of you probably have heard of our simple website creation tool, Gandi Site? Well, we are updating it to allow lots more functionality, including the ability to create a mobile version of your site! Yes, that's right, you can now use Gandi Site to make a website for your smartphone. Welcome to the mobile age!
Gandi is continuing to enhance its services to international customers with a new office in Europe.
There are a lot of things to think about when you are starting a business. What should you use for a source of initial funds? Should you borrow money? Ask your mother? Get seed capital? What about marketing your service or product? Do you want to advertise? Where? Who do you network with? Oh, and a web site… you need one, right?
One of the first things entrepreneurs do when starting a business is to come up with a great business name. After a late night or two of brainstorming with friends and colleagues, you might think you have captured the essence of your idea in a word you made up or translated into Greek or Latin. The name of a business is important, and conveys, in a word, the soul of what you do. What about the domain name? Drat! It’s taken!
Our erstwhile in-house artist, Steven, was inspired to make a new t-shirt design by his years at Atari (or was it years playing Atari?). Anyway, we now have a great new way for you to express your displeasure with the invasion of bullshit nagging offers you get with other hosting and domain registrar companies. Who is the savior? An 8-bit Gandi!
If you are an experienced user of Gandi Cloud VPS systems, you will recognize the name Gandi Flex as the system that added and subtracted shares of resources on a scheduled basis. We have now completely revamped the interface to work with our pay-as-you-go billing system, and it's definitely a big step up.
here are disturbing revelations coming from a whistleblower about U.S. Government surveillance programs that track phone calls and our online communications. Even your so-called private messages via Skype or Facebook can be read by spy agencies under a secret program called PRISM, run by the NSA (National Security Agency). They will not stop unless we demand they stop. Can we count on you?
It has been a few weeks since we first started talking about a new way to bill for cloud computing services, and our technical teams have been hard at work to make the changes needed to give our customers a smoother, more flexible way to pay for compute power online. Not to mention less expensive: the vast majority of our customers will pay less under the new scheme, since instead of reserving shares ahead of time, you reconfigure whenever and pay by the hour for what you actually use.
A few weeks back
we announced that we were making some changes to the way we bill for our IaaS Cloud hosting services. Here's an update for all of you who are hosting or looking to host your applications at Gandi. Your account will soon be active on the new billing system.
Have you ever heard of a patent troll?
All innovators face the reality that many, many things have been thought of already, and are patented is some markets. We have to work hard to ensure our ideas are not only useful, necessary, and cool, but also completely new and original. That's why it's so frustrating to see our efforts bogged down with frivolous patent lawsuits. The "trolls" are the often-shadowy legal entities who file these suits, sometimes hundreds of claims at a time, many without merit. Why? Because they can. There is little or no legal barrier or downside to their doing so in the USA, and the suits can cost millions to fight, while the trolls dangle settlements of tens of thousands to make them go away.
With the arrival of new gTLD extensions set for late 2013, ICANN has, more or less in agreement with registrars like Gandi, decided to implement a new registrar accreditation agreement. We will be required to sign this new contract to continue registering new domains. This will have ripple effects through the industry for everyone who holds domain registrations, and is therefore subject to ICANN's contracts. The effects will mainly have to do with
the validity of customer data in the whois database.
We are making huge changes to our Cloud VPS systems. In a few weeks, several features that the market expects and that our
customers have been demanding will be available. This will mean big improvements in the flexibility and operation of our IaaS products.
As long-time advocates of sensible Internet laws, Gandi is watching the CISPA bill closely as it tracks through the US Congress. Unfortunately, it has just passed the house of representatives. It now heads to the Senate, and a despite a potential veto threat from Obama, there are still big problems.
Some of you are aware that Gandi supports many non-profit organizations and philanthropic associations with free or discounted hosting and/or domains. Often we choose who to support based on the mission of the organization, and whether that mission aligns with the needs and interests of our community: the community of Internet innovators, of which we are proud to be members.
Every so often the interests of our community need more than just support. They need to be defended from attack by narrower interests, and so today Gandi is participating in a campaign with the EFF, CDT and others to help create a meaningful improvement in a dangerously broad law in the USA: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Unless you have spent the last year studiously avoiding Domain Name news, you probably know that there is something happening at ICANN this year. Yes, that's right, ICANN has authorized the creation of nearly 2,000 new top-level extensions over the next 3 years. That's a big number! Probably more than you will want to register. While this flood of new possibilities is exciting, and we do hope that it enables a lot of creative activity, we expect the new extensions to be seriously underutilized, for the most part.
Like a bad dream that keeps coming back, once again the old registries leverage their position and take advantage of what ICANN allows: A unilateral price increase for Domain Name registrations.