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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    • Root crypto rollover now slated for October

      ICANN has penciled in October 11 as the new date for rolling the DNS root’s cryptographic keys, a delay of a year from its original plan. The so-called KSK rollover will see ICANN remove the deprecated 2010 Key Signing Key, leaving only the 2017 KSK active. The KSK acts as the “trust anchor” for DNSSEC across the whole internet.

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    • New gTLD revenue cut by HALF in ICANN budget

      The new gTLD industry is performing terribly when compared to ICANN’s predictions just six months ago. ICANN budget documents published over the weekend show that by one measure new gTLDs are doing just 51% of the business ICANN thought they would. The new budget (pdf) shows that for the fiscal year 2018, which ends June 30, ICANN currently expects to receive $4.

      Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
    • dotgay lawyer insists it is gay enough for .gay gTLD

      What do Airbnb, the Stonewall riots and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting have in common? They’re all cited in a lengthy, somewhat compelling memo from a Yale law professor in support of dotgay LLC’s argument that it should be allowed to proceed with its .gay gTLD application unopposed by rival applicants.

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  • ICANN would reject call for “diversity” office

    … ICANN’s board of directors would reject a call for an “Office of Diversity”, due to its current budget crunch. The board said as much in remarks filed to a public comment period that got its final report this week. The report of the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 working group had recommended several potential things ICANN could do…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • Registries reject lower fees for anti-abuse prowess

    … associated with subsequent rounds of new gTLDs to include provisions in the agreements providing incentives, including financial incentives for registries, especially open registries, to adopt proactive anti-abuse measures. “Proactive” in this case would mean measures such as preventing known bad actors from registering domains, rather than just waiting…

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  • ICANN chief to lead talks over blocked .amazon gTLD

    … ICANN CEO Goran Marby has been asked to help Amazon come to terms with several South American governments over its controversial bid for the .amazon gTLD. The organization’s board of directors passed a resolution last week accepting the suggestion, which came from the Governmental Advisory Committee. The board said: The ICANN Board accepts…

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  • Economist would sue ICANN if it publishes private emails

    … The Economist Intelligence Unit has threatened to sue ICANN if it publishes emails related to its evaluations of “community” gTLDs. That’s according to a document published by ICANN this week, in which the organization refused to reveal any more information about a controversial probe into the Community Priority Evaluations the EIU conducted…

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  • Full $185,000 refunds offered to risky new gTLD applicants

    … ICANN is to offer applicants for three new gTLDs identified as too risky to go live full refunds of their application fees. Its board of directors acknowledged at its weekend retreat that it has no intention of delegating .corp, .home and .mail, and that each applicant should be able to get their entire $185,000 application fee back…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • CPE probe: “whitewash” or “fig leaf”?

    … A few weeks ago, when I was reporting the conclusions of a probe into ICANN’s new gTLD program, I wrote a prediction on a piece of paper and placed it into a sealed envelope.* I wrote: “They’re gonna call this a whitewash.” And I was correct! Ta-dah! I’m here all week. The lawyer for applicants for .music and .gay gTLDs has written to ICANN…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 8 readers -
  • US and EU call for Whois to stay alive

    … Government officials from both sides of the Atlantic have this week called on ICANN to preserve Whois as it currently is, in the face of incoming EU privacy law, at least for a select few users. The European Commission wrote to ICANN to ask for a “pragmatic and workable solution” to the apparent conflict between the General Data Protection…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
  • Is the Trump administration really trying to reverse the IANA transition?

    … Questions have been raised about the US government’s commitment to an independent ICANN, following the release of letters sent by two top Trump appointees. In the letters, new NTIA head David Redl and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross expressed an interest in looking at ways to “unwind” the IANA transition, which in 2016 severed the formal ties…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • ICANN slashes millions from its budget

    … ICANN has cut $5 million from its annual budget, warning the community that difficult decisions have to be made amid a slowing domain name market. Staff and community members will all be affected by the cuts, whether in the form of less generous pay raises or fewer travel opportunities. Cuts have also been proposed to international outreach…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • A new gTLD kills itself off for the second time

    … British pharmacy chain Boots has applied to ICANN to terminate its dot-brand contract for the second time. The company asked for its .boots Registry Agreement, signed in 2015, to be ended in December and ICANN opened the request for public comment this week. What’s weird about the request is that Boots had already asked for self-termination…

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  • ICANN blocks two million domains, including some three-letter names

    … At least two million domain names have been essentially blocked across all gTLDs under a new ICANN policy. The block includes many potential valuable three and four-letter strings. The long-discussed, highly controversial reservation of the names and acronyms of various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations has become official…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • Three ways ICANN could gut Whois

    … ICANN has published three possible models of how Whois could be altered beyond recognition after European privacy law kicks in this May. Under each model, casual Whois users would no longer have access to the wealth of contact information they do under the current system. There may also be a new certification program that would grant access…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
  • Big changes at DomainTools as privacy law looms

    … at significant scale, and you need to evaluate that many domains for some reason, that’s where the impact may be,” he said. Disclosure: I share a complimentary DomainTools account with several other domain industry bloggers. Tweet Tagged: .eu, copyright, DomainTools, gdpr, ICANN, privacy, security, trademarks, whois …

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  • .web closer to reality as antitrust probe ends

    … Verisign has been given the all-clear by the US government to go ahead and run the new gTLD .web, despite competition concerns. The Department of Justice told the company yesterday that the antitrust investigation it launched almost exactly a year ago is now “closed”. Verisign’s secret proxy in the 2016 auction, the original .web applicant Nu…

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