Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 Introduced To Stop US From Giving Up Control Over ICANN

A Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives, yesterday the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 which would prevent the Obama administration, or that of any future president, from relinquishing the critical functions of the Internet to any other entity without enhanced congressional oversight and until explicit, freedom-protecting requirements are met. The bill is co-sponsored by … [Read more...]

ICANN CEO: Government Attempts to Impose Rules on The Internet are Doomed to Fail

ICANN Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehade told Bloomberg yesterday in an interview that government attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail "Governments can’t effectively enforce laws on websites available in different jurisdictions. Any group that makes policies for the Web must be decentralized and involve the private sector and academia" “The Internet itself has … [Read more...]

ICANN Clears the Way for Two-character New gTLD Domain Names

ICANN reported last night that it has Cleared the way for Two Character New gTLD domain names, domain names like NN.whatever, NL.whatever or LN.whatever. The jury is still out of two letter new gTLD's "After reviewing the summary and analysis of the first batch of Public Comments, the ICANN Board passed Resolution 2014.10.16.14 on 7 November 2014 directing ICANN staff to "develop and … [Read more...]

ICANN Changes Last Resort Auction Rules To Allow Early Bidding

ICANN and Power Auctions made some changes in the Last Resort Auction rules starting with auction scheduled for November all seeming to quicking up the auction process. Here are the red line changes to the ICANN Last Resort Auction and here are some of the highlights: " The first Round of an Auction will start on the Commencement Date and last 30 minutes, the recess after the first … [Read more...]

Its Official: ICANN 52 Is Relocated To Singapore

ICANN has relocated its 52nd meeting scheduled to take place in Marrakech, Morocco in February 2015, to Singapore In the official announcement made tonight by ICANN said: "Community concerns that would prevent maximum participation at its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015), a critical one given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN … [Read more...]

ICANN Pays Over $2 Million Dollars For Its Directors + CEO Fadi Gets Almost $1.4 Million

ICANN published its compensation paid to or on behalf of 23 people who servered on its Board of Directors ending June 30, 2014. In all 23 people received over $2,000,000 combined in "any payments made by ICANN to Directors (including reimbursements of expenses).” "This table represents reimbursements and compensation paid directly to Board Members, payments made to third party vendors such … [Read more...]

Breaking: Report Says ICANN Is “Postponing” Meeting in Marrakech in February

According to a report in Moroccoworldnews.com, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to postpone its 52nd meeting scheduled to take place in Marrakech from February 8-12. "ICANN is an international entity that coordinates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the … [Read more...]