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Status: Proposed
country: International
Manager: Domain Security Company
Registry: Amazon
Registry Backend: Neustar
Type: Generic
Category: Commerce
Priority #: 831 - Artemis Internet
935 - Amazon
nTLDStats
Registrations: 1
Parked Domains: 1
Parked Domain %: 100.0 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 10 August 2016
General Availability: N/A

More Information: NTLDStatsLogo.png

.secure is a poposed gTLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program.

Current Applicants

  1. Artemis Internet, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCC Group, an IT security firm that is providing data escrow to many new gTLD applicants.[1]
  2. Amazon


Discussions initiated by NCC Group to have Amazon withdraw its application have taken place and remain inconclusive. NCC Group has said it expects to spend between 7-8mm pounds (GPB) ($11.2mm+) in the first calendar year to launch the TLD.[2]

At a private event in London on July 3rd, 2013, Artemis CTO Alex Stamos revealed that the company had lined up 30 prospective clients for the .secure gTLD, including the majority of the large social network sites and a few banks.[3]

Controversy

Mary Iqbal, CEO of Domain Security Company, has made accusations against NCC Group and Artemis Internet, claiming that NCC Group stole many of their ideas for a high-security domain extension. Ibqal claims that NCC Group approached her in January 2012 about providing data escrow services, which escalated into discussions about NCC Group possibly investing in Domain Security Company. After assurances by NCC Group that they were not involved in any other application for .secure, Ibqal shared her company's security and business plans. Ibqal claims to have proof of her allegations, but has not revealed it in case of future litigation.

In response to the allegations, Alex Stamos, CTO of Artemis Internet, claimed that he has been working on an application for .secure since late 2011, before Ibqal claims that NCC Group contacted her. He also claims he was unaware of her application at that point. He claims that he learned of her application following the discussion of escrow between the two companies, but that he had never heard of any talks of investment and had never seen any portion of her application.[4]

References

  1. Article, Investegate.co.uk
  2. Totaltele.comRetrieved 20 Jan 2013
  3. Artemis Signs 30 Anchor Tenants for .secure gTLD, Domain Incite Retrieved 11 Sept 2013.
  4. .secure applicant claims NCC stole her idea, domainincite.com