Reforms Needed Before U.S. Hands Over Control of ICANN

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) wrote a piece on Information Week that discusses the reforms that need to be addressed before the keys to ICANN are handed over. He touches upon things like, Who will hold ICANN accountable, transparency with the public and the sanctity of the DNS. From the article: The FCC recently received more than 3.7 million comments on its proposed rules to govern how … [Read more...]

Here is the GAC Communiqué From ICANN 51 Los Angeles

The Governmental Advisory Council to ICANN (GAC)  released its Communiqué concluding its activity from the ICANN 51 conference that was held this week in  Los Angeles, CA. Here are the highlights: Transition of US Stewardship of IANA and Strengthening ICANN Accountability The GAC met with members of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) and was briefed on the … [Read more...]

ICANN Updates Agreement With PowerAuctions for Indirect New gTLD Contention Sets & Pays $120K More

ICANN announced tonight that it was updating its agreement with Power Auctions LLC, the company ICANN contracted with to operate auctions of Last Resort for new gTLD's that received more than one application and were not able to settle the contention amongst themselves. ICANN announced today that it has Updated its agreement today with Power Auctions to provide for Indirect Contention Sets for … [Read more...]

ICANN: Looks Like 2nd Round Of New gTLD Won’t Open For At Least 4 Years

ICANN released tonight a 27 page report entitled the "New gTLD Program Reviews and Assessments Draft Work Plan" (Draft Work Plan) which lays out the work required prior to initiating a subsequent application period for the New gTLD Program, taking into account the assessments anticipated in development of the Program." "As of this writing, 404 new gTLDs have been delegated. A total of 1,168 … [Read more...]

Google & Donuts Lose All 3 ICANN New gTLD Auctions: What Did We Learn Today?

ICANN published results of the first three ICANN Last Resort Auctions (there was an auction in June for a IDN String) tonight and we certainly learned a few things. Many people had the opinion that Google and Amazon would simply outbid all other applicants for all the strings just because they could. However Google wound up losing all three auctions as did Donuts. At the end of the day … [Read more...]

ICANN TO Chat With GAC At ICANN 51 in LA, Whether 2 Character new gTLD Domains Should Be Allowed

In a letter to Heather Dryden Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Stephen D. Crocker, Chair ICANN Board of Directors made it clear that ICANN will be taking up the issue of allowing the registration of 2 character new gTLD domain names: Dear Heather, On behalf of the Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC), I thank you for your letter of 8 August 2014 regarding requests from … [Read more...]

ICANN Names 4 Initial Members of Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group

ICANN has named the first four members of the  Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group. ICANN's President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, will be responsible for the selection of up to seven Advisers to sit on the Coordination Group to assure that best practices are brought from the larger global community. Once selected by the Public Experts Group, these Advisers will contribute research … [Read more...]