Russian Govt Blocks The Way Back Machine: Still Sure The US Should Give Away ICANN?

According to, the Russian government has blocked the Wayback Machine, which allows users to view archived webpages to see how domain sites looked like in the past. According to the website (a censorship-monitoring project operated by the Russian Pirate Party), the entire domain and IP address for the Internet Archive was added on June 23, 2015, to Russia's … [Read more...]

This is Why People Hate ICANN: GNSO Resolution for Next round of New gTLD’s

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) just sent me over this resolution concerning the next round of new gTLD's which it seemed to just pass. Read through it a few times. I have no idea what it says and I'm a lawyer For me it means nothing, just a lot of noise Last year we predicted the soonest we would see a 2nd round of new gTLD's open is in four years, 2018. I think we … [Read more...]

Congress TM Caucus Tells ICANN To Give Amazon; .Amazon If It Wants Its Independence

The co-chairman's of the Congressional Trademark Caucus, wrote to ICANN telling them they need to approve Amazon's application for .Amazon which has been rejected due to "rights" asserted by Brazil nor Peru in relation to the Amazon Forest and tied the outcome of this issue to the IANA transition away from US oversight that ICANN is seeking: "At this critical stage in which the United States … [Read more...]

Namecheap Launches To Save Private Whois Registrations, in association with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Fight For The Future (FFTF), launched the website to allow people to file a comment with ICANN letting them know they object to the proposed rule that would greatly restrict the use of privacy or proxy services on whois records of domain names. ICANN public comment period closes on July 7th … [Read more...]

.Sucks Gets Almost 3,400 Domain Registrations At Prices Up To $2,499 in Sunrise

The .Sunrise period for the new gTLD .Sucks generated over 3,400 domain name registrations at pricing ranging¬† up to $2,500 per domain name. Premium .Sucks Sunrise registrations were sold for up to $2,499,¬† with at a wholesale cost of $2,000 as set by the .sucks registry, Vox Populi Registry Ltd. If all 3,400 registrations in Sunrise were sold at the $2K premium wholesale price,¬† then Vox … [Read more...]

Electronic Frontier Foundation Tells ICANN Not To Extend URS To .Travel

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF) has filed a comment with ICANN objecting to the Extension of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) to .Travel Domains. "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy … [Read more...]

Bill Passes in House to Give Congress 30 days to review Internet Transition Plan is out with an article today about a House subcommittee approving a bill that would require President Obama to give Congress some time to review any Internet transition. The bill today was a compromise of a previous bill that would have included a GAO report. ICANN president Fadi Chehade said the group would likely be able to give the government a transition proposal by the end of the … [Read more...]