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    • Time to show ICANN who’s boss!

      You are in charge of ICANN. That statement may sound trite — it is trite — but it’s always been true to some extent. Even if their individual voices are often lost, members of the ICANN community have always had the ability to influence policy, whether through sporadic responses to public comment periods or long term, soul-crushing working group volunteer work.

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    • ICANN finds no conflict of interest in .sport decision

      ICANN has rejected claims that the .sport gTLD contention set was settled by an arbitrator who had undisclosed conflicts of interest with the winning applicant. Its Board Governance Committee last week decided that Community Objection arbitrator Guido Tawil had no duty to disclose his law firm’s ties to major sports broadcasters when he effectively eliminated Famous Four Med ...

      Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 14 readers -
  • .gay, .music and others in limbo as ICANN probes itself

    … it with documents it used to reach its decisions in multiple controversial CPE cases. A couple of weeks ago, BGC chair Chris Disspain explained all this (pdf) to the applicants for .music, .gay, hotel, .cpa, .llc, .inc, .llp and .merck, all of which are affected by the delay caused by the investigation. He said that the investigation would be completed…

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  • ICANN feeds troll, refuses to censor “rip-off” web site

    … ICANN’s board has rejected a formal demand that it “take down” the web site RipoffReport.com in what is possibly the strangest Request for Reconsideration case it has considered to date. The almost 20-year-old site hosts reports from consumers about what they consider to be “rip-offs”. It’s seen its fair share of controversy and legal action…

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  • Spurned applicant crowd-funding to fight ICANN for .gay gTLD

    … was removed, the letter notes. The applicants called on the board to meet again soon to make a decision. After the board processes the RfR, .gay would presumably go to auction. Whether the auction resulted in ICANN pocketing the cash (as dotgay claims) or being distributed between the three losing applicants remains to be seen. Whether the auction…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 28 readers -
  • Registries rebel against ICANN’s Whois upgrade decree

    … Registry operators are challenging an ICANN decision to force them to launch a new Whois-style service, saying it will cost them too much money. The Registries Stakeholder Group has filed a Request for Reconsideration — a low-level appeal — of a decision asking them to launch RDAP services to complement their existing Whois. RDAP…

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  • dotgay loses third .gay appeal

    … the company an unprecedented third go at the Community Priority Evaluation process. CPEs allow community gTLD applicants to avoid expensive auctions, but dotgay has lost two primarily on the grounds that its definition of community includes people who are not gay. Its latest RfR was pretty weak, based on a technicality about which staffers…

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  • “We’re not homophobic!” ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal

    … ICANN has refused dotgay LLC’s latest appeal against adverse .gay decisions, and has taken the unusual step of preemptively defending itself against probably inevitable accusations from gay right groups. On Monday, the Board Governance Committee threw out dotgay’s Request for Reconsideration, in which the company had asked for a third crack…

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  • Booking.com uses .africa precedent to challenge .hotels ruling

    …. It then filed an IRP, but that concluded this March with the panel awarding a grudging win to ICANN, which it orders should split the costs of the case. In April, the ICANN board adopted the IRP panel’s findings, saying that the two applicants should remain in the contention set. Booking.com, along with Travel Reservations, filed a second RfR…

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  • .gay is gay enough after all? ICANN overturns community panel decision

    … aside, and that the EIU shall identify two different evaluators to perform a new CPE for the Application The successful RfR appears to be based on a technicality, and may have no lasting impact on the .gay contention set. Under the EIU’s process rules: “With few exceptions, verification emails are sent to every entity that has sent a letter(s…

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  • ICANN overturns new gTLD objection decision!

    … ICANN has overturned a Community Objection decision, allowing a .med new gTLD applicant back into the game, after a Request for Reconsideration from the applicant. It’s the first time ICANN has overruled an objection panel during the new gTLD program and the first time in over a decade any RfR of substance has been accepted by the ICANN board…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -