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.Career Is Among Hundreds of New Internet Addresses Coming Next Year

by
John Zappe
Oct 16, 2013, 3:22 pm ET

Goto jobs logoA new work-focused Internet domain — .career — will join the eight-year-old .jobs address next year.

The .career extension is among hundreds of new generic top-level domains (extensions similar to .com, .net, etc.) that will become available in the coming months. Weekly now, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is rolling out  approvals for all sorts of extensions. Among the dozens already given the OK are .NYC, .Mormon, .party, .menu, and .singles.

Career is assigned to dotCareer, LLC., which is part of the same group that administers the .jobs domain. That address, managed by Employ Media, has been highly controversial almost since its inception, and was the subject of an ICANN investigation and a termination notice, later resolved. (Details are here.) keep reading…

Dot-Jobs Legal Dispute Ends With Win for Generic Job Boards on .Jobs

by
John Zappe
Dec 17, 2012, 5:29 pm ET

The long-standing legal dispute over the establishment of job boards using the SHRM-sponsored .jobs Internet address has been resolved in favor of the job boards.

This means that the 40,000 site Universe.jobs network, run by DirectEmployers Association, will continue to operate, and can even expand if it chooses. Other job boards now will also be able to use that Internet domain, an extension just like the more familiar .com, .org, and .net. A new round of address issuance is scheduled to open in January.

Industry analyst Kevin Murphy called the decision by the Internet’s addressing authority — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — “opening the floodgates for third-party job listings services.”

ICANN, which issued a breach of contract notice in February 2011 over how the .jobs addresses were being used, did not explain its decision. Nor, for that matter, has it as yet posted any official notice of its decision. Instead, it posted the request to end the legal proceedings sent to an international arbitration group by registrar Employ Media. An ICANN spokesman called to say additional details were unavailable today, but there may be some tomorrow. keep reading…

.Jobs Manager Wants to Add .Career to Internet Addresses

by
John Zappe
Jun 18, 2012, 4:34 pm ET

Note: Updated with comments from Peter Weddle.

The company managing the .JOBS Internet domain has applied for seven new Internet extensions, including .CAREER.

Employ Media owner Second Generation didn’t detail how it specifically intends to use the new name. The application said the purpose of .CAREER “is to promote competition and consumer choice in the namespace, and to further provide marketing opportunities and domain names for registrants to promote and provide career, job, human resources and employment-related information.”

The domain is part of the nearly 2,000 applications the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers revealed last week, after deciding to broadly expand the number of Internet extensions — the .com, .org, .jobs, etc. — used in connection with website names.

Many companies applied for extenisons in their own name including Clinique, IBM, Hyatt, and Shell. In addition to .CAREER, Second Generation applied for .MED, .CASINO, .HOT, .REALTOR, .REALESTATE, and .HOME. keep reading…

White Truffles Come With Today’s Dot Jobs Update

by
John Zappe and Todd Raphael
Apr 13, 2012, 1:05 am ET

Regular readers of this roundup, and of ERE, will be so very not shocked to know that there is a new website calls itself the “eHarmony of talent.”

But before we get to the love, we turn to the latest installment in the epic saga we call .JOBS, or, if you prefer, Dot JOBS.

To  refresh your memory and bring you up-to-date, this is the story of how .jobs, an Internet extension like .com or .net, became the focus of an international legal dispute when the wholesaler of .jobs addresses began to lend it out to DirectEmployers Association, which uses it today for its job board universe. That wasn’t the intent back in 2005 when SHRM and Employ Media (the for-profit registrar/wholesaler) when they partnered up to convince the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to create the new extension. keep reading…

NAS Sold; Unrabble Unveiled; ICANN Implored

by
John Zappe
Jan 13, 2012, 5:12 am ET

Here are some of the events making news during the week:

Recruitment MarComm Firm Sold

NAS Recruitment Communications has been bought from Interpublic Group by a private equity firm in partnership with senior management. The new owner, Stone-Goff Partners, called the acquisition an “excellent match” with its “strategy of investing in strong niche businesses with established track records and experienced management teams.”

Key members of the management team, including CEO James Miller, will stay with NAS. In the announcement of the deal, Miller said, “Interpublic has been a great owner and partner over the last decade; however, under this new structure, NAS will be more nimble and better able to adapt to a constantly evolving set of dynamics in our space.” keep reading…

.Jobs Coalition Says Arbitration Case Is Dormant

by
John Zappe
Dec 8, 2011, 5:32 am ET

After almost five months with no sign of progress, a coalition of job boards and business associations is charging that the Internet policing authority is complicit in the “consensual delay” in arbitrating a contract dispute over the so-called Dot Jobs Universe.

“As the arbitration idles in its dormant state, Employ Media and its alliance partner DirectEmployers Association have aggressively expanded the reach of non-compliant Dot Jobs Universe, which was the very basis for the issuance of the breach notice,” charges The .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition.

In the letter it sent to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — and distributed publicly — the Coalition says “ICANN’s reluctance to enforce contractual compliance is of grave concern” giving “the impression to the Internet community that ICANN is unable or unwilling to enforce its rules…” keep reading…

.JOBS Universe Transcends Purpose Behind .Jobs, Says Internet Authority

by
John Zappe
Jul 27, 2011, 7:39 pm ET

Employ Media “transcended the purposes behind the creation” of  the .jobs addressing system and “violated the promises it made to ICANN and the .JOBS Community.” For that reason the company should lose its appeal of a notice of breach of contract, and even its right to manage the issuance of .jobs addresses.

Thus concludes a just released 27-page argument by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN, as the Internet’s addressing authority is commonly known, filed the document and almost 300 pages of exhibits, in response to Employ Media’s  arbitration request, submitted early in May.

Manager of the .jobs domain, Employ Media’s arbitration request claims its issuance of thousands of Internet addresses to a single organization for use as job boards is consistent with the 2005 agreement that created the .jobs domain in the first place.

To sum it up simply, ICANN says the opposite. keep reading…

ICANN Blasted on Lack of .Jobs Info

by
John Zappe
Jul 7, 2011, 5:30 am ET

Two months ago, the dispute over Employ Media’s rights to register and manage .jobs Internet addresses went to arbitration. Since then, nothing about the process has been made public.

This is in sharp contrast to the detailed correspondence that was posted as it became available in the weeks following the notice of breach sent Employ Media by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Between the breach notice dated Feb. 27 and May 3, when Employ Media informed ICANN of the arbitration, there were six postings. A seventh relating to the dispute was dated May 6.

Since then, only a single document — Employ Media’s arbitration request — has been posted to ICANN’s special page specifically set aside for “documents in the arbitration.”

The lack of information was blasted by the leading critic of Employ Media’s .jobs management. The .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition sent a letter to ICANN complaining: keep reading…

.Jobs Manager Accused of Bad-faith Negotiating

by
John Zappe
May 12, 2011, 1:31 pm ET

As the issues surrounding the management of .jobs Internet addresses move to arbitration, the positions taken by the leading parties are not only solidifying, but becoming rancorous.

In a public letter, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers accuses .jobs manager Employ Media of “bad faith” during negotiations to resolve matters.

It appears, says the letter from ICANN’s attorney Eric Enson, “that Employ Media has no intention of working cooperatively with ICANN to resolve this dispute.”

The dispute stems from Employ Media’s awarding of tens of thousands of Internet addresses to the DirectEmployers Association. The so-called “Dot Jobs Universe“ is a vast network of job boards using geographic, occupational, and geo-occupational names with the .jobs suffix to facilitate job seeker searches.

On February 27th, ICANN sent Employ Media a notice of breach of contract, which, in strong language, alleged the Dot Jobs Universe violated Employ Media’s charter. The letter further accused the .jobs manager, and its partner, the Society for Human Resource Management, with creating rules so “loose” they “appear to exclusively serve the financial interests of Employ Media and SHRM.”

Employ Media availed itself of the “cooperative engagement” provision of the contract, which is a process of negotiation intended to amicably reach a resolution without legal action. After two extensions to the initial 30-day period, Employ Media filed a notice to seek arbitration. keep reading…

.Jobs Manager Seeks Arbitration by International Court

by
John Zappe
May 3, 2011, 6:03 pm ET

In an admission that negotiations have failed, the manager of the .jobs addresses has filed to arbitrate its dispute with the Internet’s addressing authority over its awarding of .jobs domains.

Making the announcement in a press release issued a short while ago, Employ Media‘s CEO Tom Embrescia adopted a strong position, saying, “This filing was necessary to ward off ICANN’s unwarranted and unprecedented threat of contract termination. That action created immediate uncertainty about the .JOBS TLD (top level domain) on the Internet and caused significant duress on our business.”

The arbitration request to the International Court of Arbitration takes an even stronger tone, saying ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is the Internet’s addressing authority, made “improper allegations” and “unwarranted threats.”

The filing comes just days before the May 6th deadline for Employ Media to resolve its differences. ICANN issued a notice of breach on Feb. 27th, saying Employ Media was exceeding its authority by allowing the creation of thousands of job boards by the DirectEmployers Association.

The 4-page notice included a sharp rebuke to Employ Media and its partner, the Society for Human Resource Management, which were accused of establishing restrictions on the use of .Jobs address so “loose” they “appear to exclusively serve the financial interests of Employ Media and SHRM.”

Since then, ICANN, SHRM, and Employ Media have been negotiating the issues in a contractually required “cooperative engagement” process. Twice, the initial 30-day negotiation period was extended, with the latest one expiring Friday.

However, late last month signs appeared that the process was not going well. Employ Media’s lawyer Arif Ali, of Crowell & Moring, wrote ICANN objecting to its posting of correspondence sent by the participants. At one point, Ali says:

Some measure of confidentiality is essential to the negotiation process so that the parties can be open and frank without grandstanding or pandering to a larger audience—especially as that audience includes a number of third parties who have wrongfully attempted to insert themselves into ICANN’s contractual relationship with Employ Media.

The third party mention is a barely veiled reference to The .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition, a group formed last year to oppose Employ Media’s plans to open up use of the .jobs extension. The group has ever since bird-dogged Employ Media, objecting to its release of tens of thousands of .jobs addresses for use in creating niche job boards by DirectEmployers.

ICANN’s response to Ali refutes the claims its posting was improper, and that it acted in bad faith by making public the breach notice and some of the subsequent correspondence between the parties. The letter also warns that the “cooperative engagement process is undercut by correspondence, such as your April 22 letter, seemingly geared solely towards use in future litigation.”

The arbitration, now, is that future litigation. The process can be a lengthy one, especially since at stake is the future of the management of the .jobs addresses and the hundreds of thousands — and potentially, millions — of dollars Employ Media might generate.

The core of the issue is whether allowing multiple addresses to be issued with non-company names for use as job boards is permissible under the charter granted by ICANN. In its filing to the International Arbitration Court, Employ Media essentially says it is.

During the process it went through with ICANN last year to obtain permission to issue .jobs addresses using other than a company name, Employ Media said it fully disclosed its intention to expand usage as it had first done in 2009, when DirectEmployers began launching hundreds of job boards on location- and occupation-specific .jobs addresses.

The “universe of .JOBS,” as it was being called, was taken off-line while Employ Media and SHRM went through a review process that last August was confirmed by ICANN’s board of directors. (The job sites went back up after the board vote and has been expanding since.) In the arbitration request, Employ media pointed to that experience, observing: “… anyone who wanted to delve into Employ Media’s plans needed only to look at that beta test.”

Consequently, the company claims that the breach notice “resulted from anti-competitive pressure from the Coalition and other, well-financed, well-connected entities, intent on eliminating free market competition posed by the .JOBS Universe.”

Employ Media specifically asks the International Arbitration Court to declare that not only did it not breach its contract with ICANN, but that it is ICANN that did so and for that, ICANN should have to be damages yet to be determined.

Note: Complete background on the .jobs dispute and the creation of the .Jobs Universe is available here.

.Jobs Manager Gets Extension in Contract Breach Case; Poised to Seek To Change the .Jobs Charter

by
John Zappe
Apr 22, 2011, 1:09 am ET

The company managing .jobs addresses is preparing to ask for amendments to its Charter, apparently so it can continue to permit the broadening of the use of the extension.

That development came in correspondence between attorneys for .JOBS registrar Employ Media, and the Internet’s addressing authority, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

In the recently released correspondence, ICANN agreed to an extension to May 6 for Employ Media to fix alleged breaches of its contract. (ICANN notified Employ Media it was in breach on Feb. 27  and gave it 30 days to address certain issues relating to who could get a .jobs address and what names could be used. A first extension to April 15 was previously granted.)

In the latest extension, approved last week, two conditions were set. The first is for Employ Media to submit amendments to ICANN by May 2nd. The second is that it stop issuing new addresses.

The letter notes that Employ Media is working with its partner, SHRM, to develop the amendments. The Society for Human Resource Management is the sponsor of the .jobs domain, and partnered with Employ Media in the early part of the last decade to convince ICANN to create the extension. That was done in 2005.

Emails to Employ Media and SHRM asking for comment have had not yet gotten a response, so it’s not possible to say exactly what the amendments might be. However, as there are specific requirements as to whom a .jobs address can be issued, as well as references to the use of company names in conjunction with the extension, the amendments will almost certainly address some of those issues.

Opponents of the expansion of the .JOBS addresses issued a sharply worded statement saying it “strongly disapproves” of the extension. The .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition, calling the matter “a test of ICANN’s credibility in the run-up to the launch of the new generic top-level domain (“gTLD”) initiative,” said ICANN should “compel Employ Media and its collaborators to cease their non-compliant conduct that breaches the .JOBS Charter.”

The statement says:

“Employ Media has already taken advantage of ICANN’s reluctance to take disciplinary action in response to what ICANN itself has identified as clear violations of the .JOBS Charter by maintaining — and expanding — the non-compliant “Dot Jobs Universe” program, which it operates with its alliance partner DirectEmployers Association at the universe.jobs website.”

The expansion the Coalition refers to is DirectEmployer’s addition of some 5,800 new job boards — added to the 30,000 or so it previously launched. These are focused at veterans and transitioning military and their families. They were launched in just the last few weeks, even as ICANN was saying the earlier issuance to DirectEmployers of non-company name addresses was a violation.

Says John Bell, chair of the Coalition: “ICANN’s reluctance to enforce Charter compliance despite the clear language of its own breach notice is reason for grave concern in light of the anticipated launch of the gTLD initiative.”

.Jobs Talks Continue As Operators’ Group Seeks Advance Notice Process

by
John Zappe
Apr 5, 2011, 4:32 pm ET

Employ Media, manager and wholesaler of .jobs Internet addresses, got some support and more time to resolve a dispute over its handling of those addresses.

ICANN, the Internet’s addressing authority, extended a March 28 deadline for two weeks — and possibly longer — so the parties could continue efforts to work out a solution to what the organization says is a breach of contract by Employ Media.

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN.org) claimed Employ Media had breached its contract by allowing the creation of job boards using a .jobs extension. It also complained that the rules for obtaining a .jobs address were so loose they “appear to exclusively serve the financial interests of Employ Media and SHRM.” (SHRM is Employ Media’s partner in the administration of .jobs. No response from SHRM to the charge by ICANN.) keep reading…

.Jobs Dispute In Cooperative Engagement Phase

by
John Zappe
Mar 18, 2011, 4:06 pm ET

The registrar of the .Jobs domain has invoked the “cooperative engagement” provision of its contract to resolve a dispute over its handling of .Jobs Internet addresses.

In a letter sent to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on February 28th, but just recently made public, Employ Media called for quick action on the matter.

“It goes without saying that all of us here at Employ Media, and indeed many in the international human resource management community, are extremely surprised and disappointed with ICANN’s complete reversal of position in this matter,” the letter says. keep reading…

SHRM Asked to Reconsider Its .Jobs Position

by
John Zappe
Mar 3, 2011, 9:57 pm ET

Saying SHRM has an “excellent opportunity to demonstrate its independence,” a coalition of trade associations, job boards, and others is calling on the HR organization to reconsider its position favoring an expansion of the use of .jobs addresses.

The two-page letter from the .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition asks SHRM, sponsor of the .jobs address, “to exercise its oversight and enforcement duties and end Employ Media’s non-compliant operation of the .JOBS TLD…”

Issued today, the letter follows this week’s sharply worded reprimand from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Charging Employ Media, the administrator of .jobs addresses, and its partner SHRM with serving their own financial interests rather than the interests of the human resource community, ICANN declared Employ Media in breach of its agreement and gave it 30 days to make things right or face cancellation. keep reading…

ICANN Says .Jobs Operation Violates Rules

by
John Zappe
Feb 28, 2011, 1:35 pm ET

UPDATE:  Employ Media has posted a response to ICANN’s Notice of Breach saying “we find the claims contained in the Notice to be utterly without merit.” SHRM also issued a statement. This post has been updated to incorporate what Employ Media and SHRM have to say.

The Internet’s addressing authority has ordered the manager of the .Jobs domains to fix problems with how it issues addresses within 30 days or face the cancellation of its contract.

The Notice of Breach from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers includes a sharp rebuke of both registrar Employ Media and its partner SHRM, both of whom ICANN accused of establishing restrictions on the use of .Jobs address so “loose” they “appear to exclusively serve the financial interests of Employ Media and SHRM.”

ICANN also suggests that the .jobs Universe of job boards is contrary to both the rules and intent behind the creation of the .jobs domain in the first place.

“It appears that Employ Media and SHRM, through the Direct Employers Association, intend to use the .JOBS TLD primarily to compete with other internet job boards. Such use is inconsistent with the purpose stated in the .JOBS Charter and represented to the ICANN community,” the letter says.

keep reading…

DirectEmployers Says Half Million Visit .Jobs Boards

by
John Zappe
Feb 18, 2011, 6:18 pm ET

Update: DirectEmployers says it uses  Google Analytics for its traffic counts. “Quantcast code is installed on only 162 of the more than 40,000 domains we have operational,” reports DirectEMployers spokeswoman Nancy Holland in an email this morning.  ”In the future we plan to have all .jobs domains tracked by Quantcast.”

DirectEmployers Association, operator of the 40,000 site strong .Jobs Universe, says its network of job boards has welcomed more than half a million visitors in the first three weeks after its launch.

The 550-member association launched an initial few thousand sites the second week of January, and has added thousands more since. The sites are all on the .jobs domain and were the focus of a lengthy battle over the use of geographic, occupational, and combination names in conjunction with the .jobs extension. (The background is available here.) keep reading…

Dot Jobs “Universe” Growing Again; So Is Controversy

by
John Zappe
Jan 18, 2011, 1:14 pm ET

The universe of job boards is expanding again,  reigniting the controversy over the massive job board plan and the purpose of the .jobs Internet designation.

Last week DirectEmployers Association launched thousands of new sites, and by the end of the month will have 40,000 worldwide. By the end of the year the group could be operating 100,000 job boards.

That’s prompted the .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition to file a complaint with the Internet’s addressing authority complaining the parties behind the so called Dot Jobs Universe are violating the rules under which the addresses are granted.

In a letter to officials of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers the coalition says registrar Employ Media, which provides DirectEmployers with the .jobs addresses, is “causing substantial and continuing harm to numerous members of the Internet community, including many smaller, regional and niche job boards that are suffering immediate and irreparable harm from the operation of the Charter-violating Dot Jobs Universe.”

The new sites, operated off a central platform, carry geographic, occupational, and industry names ending with .jobs. Previously, only company names could be used with a .jobs extension. But over the objections of the .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition  ICANN in August approved an expansion of the allowable names. Almost immediately, the Coalition filed a reconsideration request, which ICANN rejected in early December. Though in doing so, the ICANN Board of Directors ordered its staff to “closely monitor” Employ Media’s compliance with the .jobs rules. keep reading…

.Jobs Expansion Stands, Says Internet Address Authority

by
John Zappe
Dec 13, 2010, 1:24 am ET

It’s the end of the road for the year-long debate over .jobs addresses. In a decision posted late last week, the Internet addressing authority said its decision to expand the use of .jobs names would stand.

The 11-page decision by a committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — endorsed by the full ICANN board on Friday  – rejected an appeal by the .Jobs Charter Compliance Coalition, declaring its multiple arguments “unsupported.”

However, the Board Governance Committee did say that ICANN should “closely monitor” the way the new .jobs addresses are issued. The committee wrote, “Given the highly disparate views presented by the parties involved with the Request (for reconsideration), the BGC is not at all clear that it has a full picture of how Employ Media intends to implement the Phased Allocation Process.”

The ICANN Board, meeting last week in Cartagena, Colombia, approved the committee recommendation and directed the “President and CEO, and General Counsel and Secretary, to ensure that ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Department closely monitor Employ Media’s compliance with its Charter.”

That wording is being called a victory by the Coalition, a heavyweight group of organizations that includes Monster, CareerBuilder, the Newspaper Association of America, the American Staffing Association, Shaker Recruitment Advertising and Communication, and the International Association of Employment Web Sites. keep reading…

.Jobs Decision Misses Deadline

by
John Zappe
Dec 1, 2010, 4:02 pm ET

Already two weeks beyond the deadline, a decision on the future of the .jobs domain seems even further off now, as the board of the Internet’s addressing authority heads to South America for one of its international meetings.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) travels this week to Cartagena, Colombia for workshops and meetings Dec. 5-10. The parties in the .jobs expansion dispute were invited there, but with one group declining the offer, no meeting is currently planned.

When last we left this saga, ICANN’s  Board Governance Committee had only a few days until its Nov. 20th deadline to decide whether the entire board  should reconsider its decision opening up the use of the .jobs address to almost any name. Until Aug. 5th, only business names could be used. keep reading…

No Limit on Whose Jobs Go on .Jobs, Says SHRM

by
John Zappe
Nov 17, 2010, 6:36 pm ET

The Society for Human Resource Management has essentially repudiated one of the fundamental reasons it and its partner, Employ Media, sought to create a .jobs domain.

In a memo responding to a series of questions from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, SHRM said there is no requirement that only company jobs be posted on a site with a .jobs address.

While that may be technically correct, it is counter to the purposes SHRM and Employ Media detailed in their 2004 application for requesting ICANN create the domain. Then, the two entities argued that a .jobs address would benefit employers by offering an easy way for job seekers to find corporate career sites and would make it easy for companies to market those sites.

Employ Media itself, the wholesaler and manager of .jobs addresses, tells potential applicants that the Internet domain is to be used “for your recruitment ads.” Its registration agreement specifically says:

“…you may not:

1. Use your .jobs domain to post third-party information, such as job listings for other companies. This means that you can not have a job board at your .jobs domain which contains listings for jobs outside of your Company.”

keep reading…