Domain Policy

    • Time to show ICANN who’s boss!

      You are in charge of ICANN. That statement may sound trite — it is trite — but it’s always been true to some extent. Even if their individual voices are often lost, members of the ICANN community have always had the ability to influence policy, whether through sporadic responses to public comment periods or long term, soul-crushing working group volunteer work.

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    • Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group

      ICANN Ombudsman Herb Waye has started monitoring an ICANN mailing list after multiple complaints of disrespectful behavior. Waye this week told participants in the Registration Data Services working group that he is to trawl through their list archives and proactively monitor the group following “multiple complaints regarding behavior that contravenes the ICANN Expected Stan ...

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    • US “threatens” Costa Rica over Pirate Bay domains

      The US government has been threatening to “close down” Costa Rica’s .cr registry over its refusal to take down a Pirate Bay domain name, according to the registry. Representatives of the US embassy in Costa Rica have been badgering NIC.cr to take down thepiratebay.cr since 2015, according to a letter from Pedro León Azofeifa, president of Academia Nacional de Ciencias, which runs the registry.

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  • Cybersquatting cases down in .uk

    … The number of cybersquatting complaints filed against .uk domains fell in 2016, according to data out this week from Nominet. The .uk registry said that there were 703 complaints filed with its Dispute Resolution Service in the year, down from 728 in 2015. However, the number of individual domains complained about appears to have increased…

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  • Zone file access is crap, security panel confirms

    … ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service has some serious shortcomings and needs an overhaul, according to the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. The panel of DNS security experts has confirmed what CZDS subscribers, including your humble correspondent, have known since 2014 — the system had a major design flaw baked in from day one…

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  • Should ICANN get a breastfeeding areas? Have your say!

    … ICANN has launched a survey of community members’ views on gender, apparently trying to figure out whether it has a sexism problem. The short, anonymous quiz, published today, asks a bunch of reasonable questions about gender diversity at ICANN’s physical meetings and online interactions. The organization wants to know if you think your…

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  • ICANN scraps remote meeting hubs

    …. The first ones I’m aware of were in 2010 for the Nairobi meeting, when some Europeans and North Americans didn’t want to travel due to terrorism concerns, but ICANN formally started financially supporting them a couple years ago. Two of the meetings since then did not have hubs. The mid-year Policy Forum in Helsinki didn’t have one last year…

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  • ICANN finds no conflict of interest in .sport decision

    … ICANN has rejected claims that the .sport gTLD contention set was settled by an arbitrator who had undisclosed conflicts of interest with the winning applicant. Its Board Governance Committee last week decided that Community Objection arbitrator Guido Tawil had no duty to disclose his law firm’s ties to major sports broadcasters when he…

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  • .music and .gay CPE probe could end this month

    … An ICANN-commissioned investigation into the fairness of its Community Priority Evaluation process for new gTLDs could wind up before the end of June. In an update Friday, ICANN also finally revealed who is actually conducting the probe, which has been slammed by affected applicants for being secretive. A tentative timeline sketched out…

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  • Country names to finally be released in new gTLDs

    … It looks like hundreds of domain names matching the names of countries are to finally get released from ICANN limbo. The ICANN board last week passed a resolution calling for the organization to clear a backlog of over 60 registry requests to start selling or using country and territory names in their gTLDs. Some of the requests date back…

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  • Iran reported to Ombudsman after new gTLD conspiracy theory

    … in a clear, respectful and objective manner. This cooperative atmosphere allowed for a timely discussion and quick resolution. Aratesh has for some time been one of the most vocal and combative GAC reps, noticeably unafraid to raise his voice when he needs to make his point. He recently publicly threatened to take his concerns about ICANN’s policy on two-character domains to the International Telecommunications Union if his demands were not met. Tweet Tagged: gac, ICANN, iran, new gTLDs, subsequent procedures …

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  • Let’s all have a nosey at how much ICANN staff get paid

    … of ICANN’s total staff is in six-figure territory. ICANN’s pay policy is to set compensation at the 50th to 75th percentile of the “relevant market”, which I assume is the technology sector rather than the not-for-profit sector, in order to stay competitive when hiring. Its FY16 tax return can be downloaded here (pdf) and the FY15 one is here (pdf). Tweet Tagged: ICANN …

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  • ICANN’s origin story is well worth a watch

    … The story of how ICANN was born is being told through an ongoing series of video interviews. The ICANN History Project went live late last week with an initial batch of eight videos on the theme of ICANN’s relationship with the US government, from before ICANN’s inception in 1998 to more recent developments such as the IANA transition. There…

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  • .gay, .music and others in limbo as ICANN probes itself

    … no evidence was found that ICANN had coached the EIU on scoring, it did emerge that ICANN staff had supplied margin notes to the supposedly independent EIU that had subsequently been incorporated into its final decision. The IRP panel majority wrote that the EIU “did not act on its own in performing the CPEs” and “ICANN staff was intimately involved…

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  • ICANN changes Panama meeting dates to avoid Muslim holiday

    … difficult for Muslims hoping to attend ICANN’s mid-year meeting, previously slated to begin June 18. So ICANN has pushed it back a week. ICANN 62 will now begin June 25. As a mid-year Policy Forum, it is the shorted meeting of the year. The meeting is due to be held in Panama City, Panama. Its the second change for the Panama meeting. ICANN had originally planned to meet there for ICANN 56 in mid-2016, but relocated the event to Helsinki due to the panic about Zika virus. Tweet Tagged: icann. icann 62, panama …

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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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  • ICANN attendance shrank in Denmark

    … into Adobe Connect meeting rooms, compared to 3,458 in Marrakech. Both Copenhagen and Marrakech, ICANNs 55 and 58, are designated as “community forums”, meaning they follow the traditional ICANN schedule. ICANN 56 was a shorter, policy-focused meeting and ICANN 57 was a longer meeting with a focus on outreach. The stats for Copenhagen can be downloaded here (pdf). Tweet Tagged: copenhagen, ICANN, icann 55, icann 58, marrakech …

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