Domain Policy

    • IANA boss quits ICANN

      The head of IANA is to leave the organization, ICANN announced this week. Elise Gerich, currently vice president of IANA Services at ICANN and president of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), will leave in October, according to a blog post. She’ll stick around long enough to oversee the DNS root’s first DNSSEC ...

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    • ICANN loosens Whois privacy rules for registrars

      ICANN has made it easier for registries and registrars to opt-out of Whois-related contractual provisions when they clash with local laws. From this week, accredited domain firms will not have to show that they are being investigated by local privacy or law enforcement authorities before they can request a waiver from ICANN.

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    • ICANN attendance shrank in Denmark

      Attendance at ICANN’s recent meeting in Copenhagen was down about 8% on the comparable meeting a year earlier in Marrakech, according to ICANN statistics. There were 2,089 at the Denmark meeting, down from 2,273 reported a year ago in Morocco. The decline appears to be largely a result of relatively lower local participation.

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  • Hey, you! Listen to the ICANN board webcast more private sessions

    … ICANN’s board of directors is to live stream two sessions during an upcoming retreat, and if you’re at all interested in ICANN you really ought to tune in. The webcasts are part of an ongoing pilot program designed to increase transparency at the very top of ICANN’s policy-making reverse-hierarchy. The public, listen-only sessions seem…

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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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  • In rare public session, ICANN approves sexual harassment policy

    …” and “lewd jokes” at ICANN meetings. A laundry list of characteristics (such as race, gender, disability) were also given special protection. What’s possibly more interesting than the new policy itself is the manner in which the policy was approved. It was the first time in goodness knows how many years — definitely over 10, and I’m tempted to say…

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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…

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  • 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. Her job…

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  • Donuts took down 11 domains for Hollywood last year

    … Donuts caused 11 domain names in its new gTLD portfolio to be taken down in the first 12 months of its deal with the US movie industry. The company disclosed yesterday that the Motion Picture Association of America requested the suspension of 12 domains under their bilateral “Trusted Notifier” agreement, which came into effect last February…

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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”

    … Public Interest Registry has “paused” its plan to allow copyright owners to seize .org domains used for piracy. In a statement last night, PIR said the plans were being shelved in response to publicly expressed concerns. The Systemic Copyright Infringement Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy was an in-house development, but had made its way…

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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

    … US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice…

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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

    … ICANN’s board has rejected a formal demand that it “take down” the web site RipoffReport.com in what is possibly the strangest Request for Reconsideration case it has considered to date. The almost 20-year-old site hosts reports from consumers about what they consider to be “rip-offs”. It’s seen its fair share of controversy and legal action…

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