Domain Policy

    • Papac named ICANN’s first complaints officer

      ICANN has named its first-ever complaints officer. It’s Krista Papac, a long-time domain industry participant who’s been working for ICANN, most recently as director of registry services and engagement, since 2013. She’s previously worked for the registries Verisign, ARI (now part of Neustar) and data escrow agent Iron Mountain.

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    • Schneider quits as chair of GAC

      ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee is looking for a new chair. Incumbent Thomas Schneider intends to leave the role before his current two-year term expires, he told GAC members assembled here at the ICANN 58 public meeting in Copenhagen this afternoon. Schneider said that his boss at the Swiss government agency at which he works recently retired and that he has been ...

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    • In rare public session, ICANN approves sexual harassment policy

      ICANN’s board of directors this afternoon approved an anti-harassment policy designed to protect community members from unwanted sexual attention. It’s the policy inspired by the now infamous Cheesesandwichgate incident at the Marrakech meeting a year ago. But general counsel John Jeffrey noted that there have been multiple similar complaints to the Ombudsman over the last ...

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  • Government anger over two-letter domains

    … Brazil, Iran, China and the European Union are among at least 10 angered that the names are either not adequately protected or only available for exorbitant prices, The debate got very heated at ICANN 58 here in Copenhagen on Wednesday morning, during a public session between the GAC and the board, with Iran’s outspoken GAC rep, Kavous Arasteh, almost…

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  • Donuts took down 11 domains for Hollywood last year

    … Content Regulation”, she argues that while Trusted Notifier may not by an ICANN policy, the organization has nevertheless “abetted the development and implementation of a potentially large-scale program of privately ordered online content regulation”. Tweet Tagged: copyright adrp, dna, donuts, ICANN, new gTLDs, pir, takedown, trusted notifier …

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  • Sanchez beats Greenberg to ICANN board seat

    … Mexican intellectual property lawyer León Felipe Sánchez Ambía has been selected to become a member of the ICANN board of directors by the At-Large, comfortably beating his opponent in a poll this weekend. Sanchez took 13 votes (65%) to 10-year At-Large veteran Alan Greenberg’s 7, in a vote of At-Large Advisory Committee members and Regional…

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  • PIR slams brakes on “UDRP for copyright”

    … Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US. The Internet Commerce Association warned that privatized take-down policies at registries opened the door for ICANN to be circumvented when IP interests don’t get what they want from the multi-stakeholder process. I understand that ICANN’s Non-Contracted Parties House was on the verge of formally requesting PIR pause…

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  • .africa to finally go live after judge denies injunction

    … A Los Angeles court has rejected a demand for a preliminary injunction preventing ICANN delegating .africa, meaning the new gTLD can go live soon. Judge Howard Halm ruled February 3, in documents published last night, that the “covenant not to sue” signed by every new gTLD applicant is enforceable and that Africans are being harmed as long…

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  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    …, requesting certain information related to Verisign’s potential operations of the .web TLD. The CID is not directed at Verisign’s existing registry agreements. He did not comment further, beyond describing it as “kind of like a subpoena”. Verisign acquired the rights to run .web at an ICANN last-resort auction last July, agreeing to pay $135 million…

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  • ICANN’s divorce from the US cost $32 million

    … The IANA transition cost ICANN a total of $32 million, according to documentation released today. The hefty bill was racked up from the announcment of the transition in March 2014 until the end of 2016, according to this presentation (pdf). A whopping $15 million of the total went on lawyers. Another $8.3 million went on other third-party…

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  • ICANN feeds troll, refuses to censor “rip-off” web site

    … over the years. Somebody called Fraser Lee filed the RfR in December after (allegedly) trying and failing to get the site’s registrar, DNC Holdings (aka Directnic), to yank the domain and then trying and failing to get ICANN Compliance to yank DNC’s accreditation. The request (pdf) is a rambling, often incoherent missive, alleging…

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  • Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ draws fire, creates confusion in ICANN community

    … other planned meeting locations when the situation becomes clearer. We are already reviewing what to do as far as location for the next open North American meeting slot. Meanwhile, the Internet Governance Project’s Milton Mueller blogged: This has significant implications for Internet governance. Coordination and policy making for a global medium…

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  • GNSO faces off with governments over IGO cybersquatting

    … A defiant ICANN working group looking at cybersquatting rules for intergovernmental organizations is sticking to its guns in an ongoing face-off with the Governmental Advisory Committee. In a report published for public comment this week, the GNSO working group recommended that IGOs should be given the right to use the UDRP and URS rights…

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  • ICANN joins anti-phishing group board

    … ICANN’s VP of security has joined the board of directors of the Anti-Phishing Working Group. Dave Piscitello is one of three new APWG board members, arriving as the group expands its board from two people to five. APWG said the expansion “is recognition of the growing complexity and scale of Internet crime today and the challenges…

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  • As Trump sworn in, CADNA returns to lobby for stronger cybersquatting laws

    …. It told its supporters on “the 2016 general elections outcomes for both the U.S. Congress and the White House present a unique and timely opportunity to push through legislation”. It wants new federal laws modeled on 2010 Utah state legislation, the E-Commerce Integrity Act, which creates liability for non-registrant third-parties including…

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