Governmental Advisory Committee

  • For only the second time, ICANN tells the GAC to get stuffed

    … “inside baseball”, relating to the long-running (embarrassing, time-wasting) saga over protection for Red Cross/Red Crescent names in new gTLDs. Back in June at the ICANN 50 public meeting in London, the GAC issued advice stating: the protections due to the Red Cross and Red Crescent terms and names should not be subjected to, or conditioned upon…

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  • Governments totally cool with two-letter domains

    … ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee does not plan to advise against the release of two-character domain names in new gTLDs. In fact, judging by a GAC discussion at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles yesterday, the governments of many major nations are totally cool with the idea. Under the standard Registry Agreement for new gTLD registries, all two…

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  • Governments to get more power at ICANN

    … Governments are to get more power to influence ICANN’s board of directors. Under a proposal launched late Friday, ICANN plans to make it harder for the board to reject the often-controversial advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee. Today, the board is able to reject GAC advice with a simple majority vote, which triggers a consultation…

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  • France slams ICANN after GAC rejects special treatment for .wine

    … France says that “ICANN is no longer the appropriate forum to discuss Internet governance” after it failed to win support from other governments for special protections in .wine and .vin gTLDs. The government came to ICANN 50 in London this week apparently determined to secure a Governmental Advisory Committee consensus that .wine should have…

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  • GAC rejects multistakeholderism, tells ICANN to ignore the GNSO

    … Cross and Red Crescent terms and names should not be subjected to, or conditioned upon, a policy development process That’s the GAC telling the ICANN board to do what the GAC says without involving the rest of the ICANN community, specifically the multi-stakeholder Generic Names Supporting Organization. Some in the GNSO have already informally…

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  • Euro govs livid as ICANN takes .wine off ice

    … The new gTLD applications for .wine and .vin are now live again, raising the ire of European governments. ICANN chair Steve Crocker has written to the European Commission, along with the governments of France, Spain and the US that the three applications are once again being processed. That’s after a 60-day temporary freeze, ostensibly in order…

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