The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, /ˈaɪkæn/ EYE-kan) is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the Internet's global domain name system. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is a department of ICANN responsible for managing the DNS Root and the numbering system for IP addresses.ICANN was created on September 18, 1998, and incorporated on September 30, 1998. It is headquartered in the Playa Vista section of Los Angeles, California.ICANN is responsible for the coordination of maintenance and methodology of several databases of unique identifiers related to the namespaces of the Internet, and ensuring the network's stable and secure operation.
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    • 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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    • Brazil loses its only registrar as UOL bows out

      There are now no ICANN-accredited registrars in Brazil, following the termination of Universo Online’s contract this week. I understand the agreement was ended at UOL’s request. It’s not a case of it breaching its contract. UOL is a big deal in Brazil, getting beaten in the eyeballs stakes only by the likes of Google and Facebook, but as a registrar it wasn’t in the top 100 globally.

      Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
    • 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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  • .kids auction is off

    … a Request for Reconsideration last Wednesday, asking ICANN to put the contention set back on hold. The cancellation of the January auction appears to be to give ICANN’s board of directors time to consider the RfR under its usual process — it has not yet ruled on it. DotKids and Amazon have applied for .kids and Google has applied for .kid. A String…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 11 readers -
  • 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…

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  • As .wed goes EBERO, did the first new gTLD just fail?

    … resort for failing gTLDs. A couple of unused dot-brands have previously switched to EBERO, but they were single-registrant spaces with no active domains. .wed, by contrast, had about 40 domains under management at the last count, some apparently belonging to actual third-party registrants. Under the standard new gTLD Registry Agreement, ICANN can…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • 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.

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  • ICANN punts o.com auction to US watchdogs

    … Verisign’s proposed auction of the domain o.com might have a negative effect on competition and is to be referred to US regulators. That’s according to ICANN’s response to the .com registry’s request to release the domain, which is among the 23 single-letter domains currently reserved under the terms of its contract. ICANN has determined…

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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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  • DotKids doesn’t want .kids auction to go ahead

    … One of the applicants for the .kids gTLD has asked ICANN to stop the planned last-resort auction. DotKids Foundation is competing with Amazon for .kids and, because the two strings were ruled confusingly similar, with Google’s application for the singular .kid. ICANN last month set a January 25 date for the three contenders to go to auction…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 10 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
  • Verisign wants to auction off O.com for charity

    … The internet could soon gets just its fourth active single-character .com domain name, after Verisign revealed plans to auction off o.com for charity. The company has asked ICANN to allow it to release just one of the 23 remaining one-letter .com domains, which are currently reserved under the terms of the .com registry agreement. It’s…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • ICANN urged to crack down on new gTLD abuse

    … Registries selling dirt-cheap new gTLD domains should be rewarded with lower ICANN fees when they get proactive about abuse, while registrars that turn a blind eye to spammers should be suspended, an ICANN working group will recommend. In its second batch of findings, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) said…

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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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  • Amazon and Google to fight over .kids at auction

    … Amazon, Google and a third applicant are scheduled to fight for control of the new gTLDs .kid or .kids at auction. It’s the first ICANN gTLD auction to be scheduled since a Verisign puppet paid $135 million for .web in July 2016. According to ICANN documentation, .kid and .kids will go to auction January 25, 2018. The winning bid…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 11 readers -
  • ICANN chief tells industry to lawyer up as privacy law looms

    … The domain name industry should not rely on ICANN to protect it from incoming EU privacy law. That’s the strong message that came out of ICANN 60 in Abu Dhabi last week, with the organization’s CEO repeatedly advising companies to seek their own legal advice on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The organization also said…

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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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