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December 7, 2019 03:31

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ICANN board meets to consider PIR acquisition TODAY

ICANN’s board of directors will gather today to consider whether the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by a private equity company means that it should reverse its own decision to allow PIR to raise .org price arbitrarily. Don’t get too excited. It looks like it’s largely a process formality that won’t lead to any big […]

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I attempt to answer ICA’s questions about the “terrible blunder” .org acquisition

The Internet Commerce Association launched a withering attack on ICANN late last week, accusing the organization of a “terrible blunder” by lifting pricing restrictions on .org domain names. As by now you’re no doubt aware, .org manager Public Interest Registry was acquired last week by a private equity firm with ties to ICANN’s former CEO, […]

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ICANN going back to Puerto Rico for a third time

ICANN has selected Puerto Rico for its ICANN 73 public meeting. The meeting is slated to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan from March 5 to March 10, 2022. That’s the same venue ICANN visited in March last year, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which caused extensive damage and […]

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Former NTIA chief Redl now working for Amazon

David Redl, the former head of the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration has joined Amazon as an internet governance advisor, I’ve learned. I don’t know whether he’s taken a full-time job or is a contractor, but he’s been spotted palling around with Amazon folk at ICANN 66 in Montreal and knowledgeable sources tell me […]

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US official Heineman joins GoDaddy

Former US government official Ashley Heineman has joined the staff of GoDaddy. Heineman was until quite recently a policy specialist at the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the US representative on ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. But GoDaddy confirmed to DI today that she’s now left NTIA and joined the market-leading registrar. I don’t […]

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Surprise! ICANN throws out complaints about .org price caps

ICANN has rejected two appeals against its decision to lift price caps and introduce new anti-cybersquatting measures in the .org space. In other news, gambling is going on in Rick’s Cafe. NameCheap and the Electronic Frontier Foundation both filed Requests for Reconsideration with ICANN back in July and August concerning the .org contract renewal. NameCheap […]

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Somber mood as ICANN 66 opens in Montreal

The opening ceremony of ICANN’s 66th public meeting set a somber tone, as leaders bade farewell to recently departed and departing colleagues. Outgoing chair Cherine Chalaby and CEO Göran Marby delivered eulogies respectively to senior vice president Tarek Kamel, and long-time industry/community participant, Don Blumenthal, both of whom died over the last several weeks. Apparently […]

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America has Amazon’s back in gTLD fight at ICANN 66

The United States looks set to stand in the way of government attempts to further delay Amazon’s application for .amazon. The US Governmental Advisory Committee representative, Vernita Harris, said today that the US “does not support further GAC advice on the .amazon issue” and that ICANN is well within its rights to move forward with […]

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New (kinda) geo-TLD rules laid out at ICANN 66

The proposed rules for companies thinking about applying for a geographic gTLD in the next application round have been sketched out. They’re the same as the old rules. At ICANN 66 in Montreal today, a GNSO Policy Development Process working group team discussed its recently submitted final report (pdf) into geographic strings at the top […]

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Industry veteran Jay Daley tapped to lead IETF

The Internet Engineering Task Force has named domain industry veteran Jay Daley as its new executive director. In a blog post last week, the IETF said that Daley beat 133 other “highly qualified applicants” for the job. He’s the first person to hold the executive director title since the IETF formalized itself into an LLC […]

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