Minds + Machines Picks Up $3.5 Million For Withdrawing New gTLD Apps For .Art & .Data

Minds + Machines (LSE:MMX), today announced the Company has gained, in aggregate, net proceeds of over $3.5 million (approximately £2.3 million) for withdrawing its applications for .data and .art. The new gTLD .Art was won by UK Creative Ideas beating 9 other applicants in a private auction including Minds + Machines .Data is still showing on ICANN site as being in contention between Minds … [Read more...]

ICANN Gives You The Chance To Review Trademark Clearinghouse’s Performance & Get Paid

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) announced today that it's "seeking one or more provider(s) to conduct an independent review of the Trademark Clearinghouse to assess the effectiveness of three key areas related to the Clearinghouse in meeting its intended objectives and to identify considerations for future application rounds of the New gTLD Program. The three … [Read more...]

Strickling: “Let Your Voice Be Heard”: ICANN Opens Up Comment Period For Transition From US Control

Lawrence Strickling the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator in a blog post yesterday asked everyone to weight in on the ICANN transition away from the United States  Supervisory Roll. "I urge all parties with an interest in the IANA transition to review these proposals and provide feedback to the working groups. This is the best way to make your voice … [Read more...]

Fed Court of Appeals Affirms Dismal Of Name.Space’s Claim Against ICANN’s New gTlD Program

The United States' Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of antitrust and other claims against ICANN made by a company called name.space, related to ICANN's new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Program, in an opinion published today In 2013, a federal district court dismissed all of name.space's claims, and today the Ninth Circuit affirmed that dismissal in all respects. … [Read more...]

Want TO Be The Next CEO Of ICANN? Here’s How To Apply

ICANN just published details regarding how to apply to become the next CEO of ICANN. The CEO of ICANN is currently making close to $900K in Salary and Bonus plus gets to travel at least 3 times a year to ICANN meetings which are usually held in some nice locations. The deadline to submit an application is September 20, 2015 Here is the info: Following the announcement by ICANN CEO Fadi … [Read more...]

The average pay per staff member at ICANN in 2014 was over $187,000

Ion Mag did an article that broke down the money that ICANN is making and the kind of salaries being paid out. It is a pretty thorough look at what goes on over at ICANN. Average pay per staff over $187,000 stood out to me. From the article: ICANN’s 2014 tax return (IRS form 990) shows a net trading loss. The true picture is somewhat masked by ICANN’s new gTLD cash windfall. In 2013, ICANN … [Read more...]

Google Hates ICANN’s Attempt to Eliminate Whois Privacy Calling it “Impractical & Ineffective

  Google filed it's comment on the whois privacy issue with ICANN today. Google  seems to hate the proposal of the ICANN working group to prohibit  commercial domain registrants from using proxy or privacy services calling it unfair to small businesses and individuals. Google even cites it's own Charleston Road Registry an example of how big companies will still be able to use … [Read more...]