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April 4, 2020 23:33

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BREAKING: ICANN’s number two Cyrus Namazi quits. Probably due to sexual discrimination claims.

The head of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, Cyrus Namazi — arguably ICANN’s number-two exec — has resigned from the organization, according to multiple sources. I believe it’s related to allegations of sexual discrimination. ICANN staffers were told this evening that he’s resigned “effective immediately” and that a public announcement will follow. Long-time ICANN staffer Theresa […]

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ALL .za domains have to link to government coronavirus web site

The South African government has decreed that every web site using a .za domain name must now carry a link to an official government coronavirus advice site. The regulation (pdf), which largely focuses on other types of teleconmmunications services, came into effect last Thursday. It states: Internet sites operating within .zaDNA top level domain name […]

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An open question to the domain name industry about coronavirus

“Don’t worry. We’ve done this before.” That was pretty much the first sentence out of my grandmother’s mouth when I called to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. She was talking about World War II and the immediate post-war years. She’s 93, so she saw both. She’s no Uncle Albert. I don’t think I’ve ever […]

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More ICANN events cancelled for May

ICANN has cancelled its annual GDD Industry Summit and DNS Symposium, which had been scheduled to take place in Paris, France, in May. “The decision to cancel these events was made in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus outbreak and, for the GDD Summit, included conversations with the Contracted Parties House,” ICANN said in […]

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Delay .org deal because of… coronavirus? Gimme a break

Opponents of Public Interest Registry’s proposed acquisition by Ethos Capital are now claiming that ICANN should delay approval of the deal due to coronavirus. A statement, released yesterday by digital rights group Access Now with the apparent approval of several other like-minded groups, outlines a few reasons why coronavirus means ICANN should reject, or at […]

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WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! In other news, ICANN 67 was… “muted”

Without wishing to scaremonger about Covid-19, I don’t mind admitting that I’ve never been so terrified of anything as much in my adult life. I have relatives in their nineties or with existing lung conditions, and I’m generally a pretty unhealthy middle-aged bloke myself. In the last few days, I’ve become increasingly concerned that not […]

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ICANN chair: “all options open” on .org deal

ICANN has not yet decided to approve the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital, but has not ruled out rejecting the deal either. That’s according to chair Maarten Botterman, speaking to his Governmental Advisory Committee this evening. At the online-only ICANN 67 meeting, he was asked by GAC chair Manal Ismail whether ICANN […]

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Could .org debate bring back the glory days of ICANN public forums?

ICANN is going to devote 90 minutes to discussing the controversial acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital on Monday, and the sparks could fly. It’s actually going to be the first formal session of the abridged, online-only ICANN 67 meeting, which had been due to take place in Cancun but will now be […]

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Poblete to replace Disspain on ICANN board

Chilean registry manager Patricio Poblete will join ICANN’s board of directors this October, replacing longstanding member Chris Disspain. The Country Code Names Supporting Organization confirmed Poblete as its new nominee at the weekend following a lengthy election process also fought by Australian Nigel Phair and South African Calvin Browne. Poblete is the director of NIC […]

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Most languages won’t be available at ICANN 67

Translation services are the first component of ICANN 67 to fail victim to the org’s decision to hold the meeting entirely online. ICANN announced last week that it has cancelled the in-person meeting, which had been due to kick off this coming Saturday in Cancun, due to fears about importing Covid-19 into Mexico and exacerbating […]

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