• US “threatens” Costa Rica over Pirate Bay domains

      The US government has been threatening to “close down” Costa Rica’s .cr registry over its refusal to take down a Pirate Bay domain name, according to the registry. Representatives of the US embassy in Costa Rica have been badgering NIC.cr to take down thepiratebay.cr since 2015, according to a letter from Pedro León Azofeifa, president of Academia Nacional de Ciencias, which runs the registry.

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  • Trump nominee open to retaking ICANN oversight role

    … The incoming head of the US Department of Commerce has indicated that it is unlikely he’ll try to reestablish the US government’s unique oversight of ICANN, at least in the short term. But at his confirmation hearing in Congress yesterday, Trump nominee for secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross said he’d be open to ideas about how the US could…

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  • ICANN retires Affirmation of Commitments with US gov

    … such as the CCT and the lock on its California HQ are now in the bylaws and elsewhere, ICANN said in a blog post. It’s worth mentioning that the US gets a new administration led by Donald Trump in a little over a week, so it probably made sense to get the AoC out of the way now, lest the new president do something insane with it. The letters from Crocker and Strickling terminating the deal can be read together here (pdf). Tweet Tagged: affirmation of commitments, iana, ICANN, ntia, transition …

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  • States drop IANA transition block lawsuit

    … was comprehensively rejected, after ICANN and organizations representing numerous big-name technology companies let their opposition be known in court. The plaintiffs had said they were considering their options, but now appear to have abandoned the case. It was widely believed that the suit was politically motivated, an attempt by four Republican officials to stir up anti-Obama sentiment in the run-up to the US presidential election. Tweet Tagged: iana, ICANN, ntia, transition …

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  • Roots hits 1,500 live TLDs as US oversight ends

    … to exactly 1,500, which is where it still stands today. Both went live September 30, which was the final day of ICANN’s IANA contract with the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which expired that night. An ICANN spokesperson confirmed that the two new gTLDs “were the last ones requiring NTIA’s approval.” From now…

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  • Judge says IANA transition suit unlikely to succeed

    … they seek. The AGs are reportedly considering their options following the ruling, and may appeal. But another school of thought holds that the suit was largely a political gesture designed to creating talking points for the Republican party ahead of next month’s presidential election, and could be allowed to fade away. Tweet Tagged: ags, iana, ICANN, lawsuit, ntia, transition …

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  • Destroy ICANN! Destroy ICANN with missiles!

    … itself from its oversight role in ICANN’s IANA functions. After that, ICANN will be overseen by a new multistakeholder process in which everybody, not the UN, has a voice. InfoWars.com and DrudgeReport.com are safe, sadly. You can check out the game here if you wish. I scanned it for viruses and mind-control rays and it seems safe. Tweet Tagged: iana, ICANN, ntia, transition, wtf …

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  • US confirms no .com price hikes before 2024

    … week. The letter notes that .com prices are currently capped at $7.85, under a Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce, as well as its .com Registry Agreement with ICANN. The letter (pdf) from the Department of Justice states: if NTIA were to approve…

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  • Industry lays into Verisign over .com deal renewal

    … Some of Verisign’s chickens have evidently come home to roost. A number of companies that the registry giant has pissed off over the last couple of years have slammed the proposed renewal of its .com contract with ICANN. Rivals including XYZ.com (sued over its .xyz advertising) and Donuts (out-maneuvered on .web) are among those to have filed…

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  • Anger as ICANN’s member flops before board

    … ICANN’s board of directors came to blows with its key accountability working group this week, over proposals that would give the ICANN the community the right to sue ICANN the organization. An extraordinary three-hour teleconference between the board and the Cross Community Working Group of Enhancing Accountability (CCWG) Tuesday night came…

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  • US gives ICANN an extra year to complete transition

    …. NTIA assistant secretary Larry Strickling wrote that “it has become increasingly apparent over the last few months that the community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by the U.S. Government and then implement it if it is approved.” Simultaneously, NTIA has finally published a proposal — written by ICANN and Verisign…

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