Domain Policy

    • Halloran made ICANN’s first chief data protection officer

      ICANN lifer Dan Halloran has added the title of chief data protection officer to his business card. The long-serving deputy general counsel was named ICANN’s first CDPO on Friday, continuing to report to his current boss, general counsel John Jeffrey. Privacy is currently the hottest topic in the ICANN community, with considerable debate about how contracted parties might ...

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    • Empowered Community makes first symbolic exercise of power

      The new “Empowered Community” of ICANN has exercised its power for the first time. The EC on Friday told ICANN that it has approved the ICANN board of directors’ recent resolution to create a new committee tasked with handling various oversight processes. It’s of largely symbolic importance, the first test of whether the EC process works when the issue at hand is non-controversial.

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    • Crocker: no date on next new gTLD round

      ICANN will NOT set a date for the next round of new gTLD applications, despite recent pleas from registry operators. That’s according to a letter (pdf) from ICANN chair Steve Crocker to the Registries Stakeholder Group published today. The RySG had asked (pdf) last month for ICANN’s leadership to set a fourth-quarter 2018 deadline for the next application window.

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  • Iran rep reported to ICANN Ombudsman, again

    … to be in the hands of the Ombudsman. Arasteh was also reported to Waye back in May, when he accused the chairs of a different ICANN working group of trying to exclude governmental voices from new gTLD policy-making by scheduling teleconferences at times he found inconvenient. Waye subsequently reported that the complaint had been resolved between…

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  • EFF recommends against new gTLDs

    … The Electronic Frontier Foundation has recommended that domain registrants concerned about intellectual property “bullies” steer clear of new gTLDs. The view is expressed in a new EFF report today that is particularly critical of policies in place at new gTLD portfolio registries Donuts and Radix. The report (pdf) also expresses strong…

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  • Attendance dips for ICANN in Johannesburg

    … people attending the Copenhagen meeting in March, but that’s to be expected due to the mid-year meeting having a shorter schedule more tightly focused on policy work. It also seems to be typical for meetings in Africa to get lower attendance than meetings elsewhere in the world, given the relatively low participation at last year’s Marrakech meeting…

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  • Governments slammed for overreach as Amazon wins gTLD appeal

    … public policy reasons for the objection, the IRP panel has now found. Global Domains Division chief Akram Atallah testified before the panel that consensus GAC advice sets “too high for the Board to say no.” It seems ICANN sometimes just assumes that GAC advice by default is rooted in sound public policy, even when that is not the case. Brazil…

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  • ICANN chair paid $114,000 last year

    … ICANN chair Steve Crocker was paid $114,203.24 in the organization’s last tax year. The number was released today (pdf) in response to a request by domain blogger John Poole of Poole had requested the figures because Crocker is paid via his company, Shinkuro, rather than directly, so his compensation does not show up…

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  • Could the next new gTLD round last 25 years? Or 70 years?

    … Will the next new gTLD round see 25,000 applications? If so, how long will it take for them all to go live? The 25,000 figure is one that I’ve heard touted a few times, most recently during public sessions at ICANN’s meeting in Johannesburg last month. The problem is that, judging by ICANN’s previous performance, such a huge number…

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  • ICANN shuffles regional bosses, drops “hub” concept

    … will be in Brussels, Belgium and the other in Montevideo, Uruguay. A few vice presidents are being shuffled around to head up each of these offices. Senior policy VP David Olive is being replaced as managing director of the Istanbul office by Nick Tomasso, who’s also VP in charge of ICANN’s public meetings. Olive will carry on in his VP role, but back…

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  • ICANN heading to Japan and Canada in 2019

    … of the middle “policy forum” meeting for 2019 has not yet been identified. ICANN is currently meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Later this year it will convene in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Spanish speakers can rejoice next year, when the locations, in order, are Barcelona, Panama City and San Juan (the Puerto Rican one). Tweet Tagged: ICANN, icann 59, johannesburg, kobe, montreal …

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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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  • Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group

    … that contravenes the ICANN Expected Standards of Behavior and possibly the Community Anti-Harassment Policy”. The RDS working group is exploring the possibility of replacing the current Whois system, in which all data is completely open, with something “gated”, restricting access to authenticated individuals based on their role. Law enforcement agencies…

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  • US “threatens” Costa Rica over Pirate Bay domains

    …, one of the Pirate Bay’s founders launched a piracy-friendly domain registration service. Just this week, the European Court of Justice ruled, after seven years of legal fights, that the Pirate Bay infringes copyright, raising the possibility of the site being blocked in more European countries. The letter is dated June 6. It had not yet been published by ICANN or the GAC. Tweet Tagged: .cr, commerce, copyright, gac, iana, ICANN,, ntia, piracy, the pirate bay …

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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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