Domain Policy

    • Hurricane victims get a renewal pass under ICANN rules

      ICANN has given registries and registrars the ability to delay the cancellation of domain names owned by victims of Hurricane Maria and other similar natural disasters. In a note to contracted parties, published by Blacknight boss Michele Neylon this weekend, Global Domains Division president Akram Atallah said: registrars will be permitted to temporarily forebear from canc ...

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    • Expect “minor inconveniences” in post-hurricane Puerto Rico

      ICANN 61 is going ahead in Puerto Rico despite the continuing fallout of a devastating hurricane season, the organization has confirmed. The March 10-15 meeting will take place at the convention center in San Juan, and participants can only expect “minor inconveniences” ICANN said in a statement: We recognize that Puerto Rico is still in the recovery phase, and while we can ...

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    • Aussie gov refuses to spill the beans on ICANN vice chair’s firing

      The Australian government has refused to release documents concerning alleged “financial irregularities” at local ccTLD manager auDA that have been linked to the firing of former CEO Chris Disspain. A request under the Freedom of Information Act sought documents detailing Disspain’s March 2016 termination, as well as high levels of travel expenses and apparent under-reportin ...

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  • ICANN: tell us how you will break Whois rules

    … ICANN has invited registrars and registries to formally describe how they plan to break the current rules governing Whois in order to come into compliance with European Union law. The organization today published a set of guidelines for companies to submit proposals for closing off parts of Whois to most internet users. It’s the latest stage…

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  • Open Whois must die, Europe privacy chiefs tell ICANN

    … Unfettered public access to full Whois records is illegal and has to got to go, an influential European Union advisory body has told ICANN. The Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection, WP29, wrote to ICANN yesterday to say that “that the original purposes of the WHOIS directories can be achieved via layered access” and that the current…

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  • Roberts elected to ICANN board

    … ChannelIsles.net, registry manager for .gg (for the islands Guernsey, Alderney and Sark) and .je (for Jersey). These are the independent UK dependencies found floating between England and France. He’s been in the ICANN community since pretty much day one. His election still has to be formally confirmed by the ccNSO Council and then the ICANN Empowered…

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  • Even post-Weinstein, no sexual harassment complaints at ICANN

    … There have been no formal complaints of sexual harassment in the ICANN community since the organization introduced a zero tolerance policy back in March, according to the Ombudsman. That’s even after the current media storm about such behavior, precipitated by the revelations about movie producer Harvey Weinstein, which has given men and women…

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  • Corwin joins Verisign

    … on the GNSO Council. But he said he would continue as co-chair of two ICANN working groups — one looking at rights protection for intergovernmental organizations (which is kinda winding down anyway) and the other on general rights protection measures. “I have no further statement at this time and shall not respond to questions,” Corwin concluded his…

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  • ICANN heading back to Morocco in 2019

    … ICANN has picked Morocco for its mid-year meeting in 2019. The June 24-27 meeting, ICANN 65, will be hosted by the Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations at the Palmeraie Resort in Marrakech. That’s the same venue as ICANN 55 in March 2016. It’s a Policy Forum meeting, meaning it has an abridged agenda, an expected lower attendance…

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  • Refund “options” for in-limbo gTLD applicants?

    … ICANN may just be a matter of weeks away from giving applicants for the .mail, .corp and .home gTLDs an exit strategy from their four years in limbo. Its board of directors on Thursday passed a resolution calling for staff to “provide options for the Board to consider to address the New gTLD Program applications for .CORP, .HOME, and .MAIL…

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  • ICANN beefs up background checks on directors amid concerns about vice-chair

    … as standard. Chris Disspain and Mike Silber, selected by the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, and Generic Names Supporting Organization selectees Becky Burr and Matthew Shears are these volunteers. Neither the GNSO nor ccNSO currently screen their director picks to the same standard as other supporting organizations and the Nominating Committee…

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  • Egyptian elected new GAC chair

    … Manal Ismail, Egypt’s representative to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee, has been elected its new chair. She will replace outgoing chair Thomas Schneider, a Swiss official, after the current ICANN 60 public meeting in Abu Dhabi wraps up later this week. Ismail is director of international technical coordination at Egypt’s National…

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  • “We own your name” government tells Amazon in explosive slapdown

    … to decided what is public policy, it is for the governments to decide,” Iran’s Kavouss Arasteh said. During a later session today the GAC, talking among itself, made little progress in deciding how to formally respond to the ICANN board’s resolution. A session between the GAC and the ICANN board on Tuesday is expected to be the next time the issue raises its increasingly ugly head. Tweet Tagged: abu dhabi, amazon, dot-brands, gac, ICANN, icann 60, irp, new gTLDs, peru …

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  • ICANN shifts dates on five public meetings to avoid holidays

    … ICANN has changed the proposed dates of five out of nine forthcoming public meetings in order to avoid clashes with religious festivals and national holidays. The meetings affected — ICANNs 70 through 78 — are all scheduled for 2021, 2022 and 2023 and naturally don’t have any venue selected yet, so nobody is going to have to change any travel…

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  • Amsterdam refuses to publish Whois records as GDPR row escalates

    … Two Dutch geo-gTLDs are refusing to provide public access to Whois records in what could be a sign of things to come for the whole industry under new European privacy law. Both .amsterdam and .frl appear to be automatically applying privacy to registrant data and say they will only provide full Whois access to vetted individuals such as law…

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  • Election season at ICANN

    … Two significant votes are coming up soon in the ICANN community, with the GNSO Council looking for a new chair and the ccNSO ready to select a new appointee for the ICANN board of directors. The ccNSO election will see an actual contest for what is believed to be the first time, with at least two candidates fighting it out. The GNSO vote…

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  • Chalaby named next ICANN chair

    … Cherine Chalaby is to be the next chair of ICANN. In a case of burying the lede extreme even by ICANN standards, current chair Steve Crocker announced the news in the 11th paragraph of a blog post entitled “Chairman’s Blog: The Montevideo Workshop Wrap-Up” this evening. Crocker wrote: “the Board had an opportunity to participate…

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