The MPAA Would Like to Help ICANN set policy in targeting Pirate Domains

In an article on Torrent Freak it seems that the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is in bed with ICANN and is trying to use that relationship to shape certain policies. These policies center on the handling of domain names used by sites that infringe intellectual property. From the article: The MPAA is one of the ICANN partners shaping future policy for the domain name system. … [Read more...]

Here Is The GAC Advice to ICANN from The GAC Communique-Singapore

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued its Communique from the ICANN Singapore meeting. Here is the GAC Advice: Safeguards Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 (consumer protection, sensitive strings and regulated markets) and Category 2 (restricted registration policies) strings The GAC considers … [Read more...]

To The CEO Of ICANN Fadi Chehade: Do You Think Vodafone Is The Biggest Domain Hogger?

Two weeks ago we called out the CEO of ICANN Fadi Chehade, for some remarks he made in a story published by the HuffingtonPost.com to wit: “The reality is, the more there are names (new gTLD’s),  less people will actually be hogging names in order to charge a lot for them. Theregister.co.uk then followed up by reporting on the story which included my blog post At the ICANN meeting this … [Read more...]

Former AFRINIC CEO Adiel Akplogan joins ICANN to Aid Global Outreach

ICANN has selected the  former  CEO of AFRINIC (Africa's Regional Internet Registry) Adiel Akplogan as its vice president for technical engagement, a newly created role expected to deepen the organization's efforts to improve its international presence and participation. Akplogan headed AFRINIC, from its creation in 2005. His role as AFRINIC CEO ended at the end of last month, and he is … [Read more...]

ICANN CEO Fadi Bites The Hand That Feeds It Calling out Those “Hogging” Domains”

Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN, in a story published by the HuffingtonPost.com, which also contains a video interview with Fadi at World Economic Forum in Davos, explaining how we "went from twenty-something" top domain names to hundreds" throws large domain investors under the bus and then backs up the bus and rolls over them again calling them Cybersquatters. In respond to a questions regarding … [Read more...]

Backend Provider Open Registry Acquired For Up To $22.6 Million

According to rttnews.com, NCC Group plc (NCC.L), a provider of Escrow, Assurance and Domain Services, Tuesday said it has acquired the Belgium and Luxembourg based Open Registry group of companies for a maximum consideration of 14.9 million pounds or 19.5 million euros in cash. The company will make an initial payment of 7.9 million pounds or 10.3 million euros. Two further payments of up to … [Read more...]

ICANN Believes They Had A Spear Phishing Attack in November

ICANN is looking into an attack on their systems that took place back in November, they have posted an announcement on their website and have said to stay tuned for further updates by checking back. An email also went out to those using the CZDS: In order to continue using CZDS, please visit http://czds.icann.org and follow the instructions there to request a new password. We suggest that … [Read more...]