Icann 51

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

    … ICANN’s board of directors has decided to formally disagree with its Governmental Advisory Committee for what I believe is only the second time in the organization’s history. In a letter to new GAC chair Thomas Schneider today, ICANN chair Steve Crocker took issue with the fact that the GAC recently advised the board to cut the GNSO from…

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  • Two-letter domains to be released in new gTLDs

    … New gTLD registries will be able to release all two-character strings in their zones, following an ICANN decision last week. The ICANN board of directors voted on Thursday to instruct ICANN’s executive to develop and implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character domains currently required to be reserved in the New gTLD…

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  • Another ICANN director mysteriously quits

    … ICANN director Olga Madruga-Forti unexpectedly quit the board last week. ICANN did not give an explanation for her sudden departure, which came toward the end of the ICANN 51 public meeting in Los Angeles. The Argentinian telco lawyer’s resignation means she will miss the third and final year of her appointed three-year term. Her decision…

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  • GAC elects Swiss rep as new chair

    … Kevin Murphy, October 14, 2014, 19:55:43 (UTC), Domain Policy ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has elected Thomas Schneider of the Swiss government as its new chair. The unprecedented, one-nation-one-vote secret ballot election at the ICANN 51 public meeting in Los Angeles today saw Schneider beat Lebanon’s Imad Hoballah by 61 votes…

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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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  • “Send registrars to jail!”, ICANN hears

    …, will report directly to him. Maguy Serad, who has been heading compliance under Chehade for the last couple of years, will now report to Grogan. In a session with the GNSO Council at the ICANN 51 public meeting in Los Angeles yesterday, Chehade said the appointment was part of a new “strategic, analytical” approach to compliance. It was hinted…

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  • Fight over ICANN’s $400,000 Hollywood party

    … Corporate sponsors raised $250,000 to fund a $400,000 showbiz gala for ICANN 51 next month, but ICANN pulled the plug after deciding against making up the shortfall. Sources tell DI that the lavish shindig was set to take place at Fox Studios in Los Angeles on October 15, but that ICANN reneged on a commitment to throw $150,000 into the pot…

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  • ICANN board getting three new directors

    … ICANN 51 next month in Los Angeles is also the organization’s formal annual general meeting, and that means changes at the top. The board of directors is replacing three members in October, and renewing the terms of two others. Long-time ICANN participant and internet governance expert Markus Kummer has been selected for a seat by the Non…

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