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April 20, 2018 10:28

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Panic stations as Europe plays hardball on Whois privacy

Hopes that Whois records will continue to be available to broad sections of the internet community appeared dashed this week as European data protection heads ripped holes in ICANN’s plan for the industry to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. ICANN CEO Goran Marby warned that Whois faces imminent fragmentation and expressed disappointment that […]

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Afilias scraps plan to scrap Whois

Afilias has “temporarily suspended” its plan to migrate its TLDs to an essentially thin Whois model. In what appears to be an effort to roll back some GDPR-related gun-jumping, the registry said it will instead wait and see how ICANN’s efforts to consult with European data protection authorities play out. Afilias had told its registrars […]

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Whois policy group closes down in face of GDPR

An ICANN working group devoted to crafting Whois policy has closed down “until further notice” in light of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The Registration Data Service Policy Development Process Working Group will have no more meetings until it receives “guidance from the [ICANN] Board regarding how this WG will be affected by the […]

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Marby ponders emergency powers to avoid fragmented Whois

ICANN could invoke emergency powers in its contracts to prevent Whois becoming “fragmented” after EU privacy laws kick in next month. That’s a possibility that emerged during a DI interview with ICANN CEO Goran Marby yesterday. Marby told us that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that European data protection authorities will soon provide clear guidance that will […]

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ICANN chief begs privacy watchdogs for Whois advice

ICANN CEO Goran Marby has written to the data protection authorities of all 28 European Union states, along with the European Data Protection Supervisor, to ask for guidance on how to implement new privacy laws. Marby also asked the DPAs about the possibility of an enforcement moratorium, to give the domain industry and ICANN more […]

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Stéphane Van Gelder dies after motorcycle accident

I’m very sad to report that domain name industry veteran and ICANN community leader Stéphane Van Gelder has died. Friends tell me he died today of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in Italy. Stéphane was a long-time member of the industry, in 1999 co-founding the French registrar Indom, which he sold to Group NBT […]

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Some men at ICANN meetings really are assholes

Several men have been accused of sexual harassment at ICANN meetings. A group of women have written to ICANN with five stories of how they were groped, intimidated, objectified or otherwise harassed in violation of not only common decency but also ICANN’s year-old anti-harassment policy. They’ve not named the alleged harassers, but hinted that they […]

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Is ICANN over-reacting to Whois privacy law?

Is ICANN pushing the domain industry to over-comply with the European Union’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation privacy law? Governments and plenty of intellectual property and business lobbyists think so. After days of criticism from unhappy IP lawyers, ICANN’s public meeting in Puerto Rico last week was capped with a withering critique of the organization’s […]

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A lazy blogger’s wish-list for ICANN remote participation

Remote participation at ICANN meetings is pretty damn good, but I’m an ungrateful asshole and I want more. I’ve had a personal wish-list of remote participation features during and immediately after every ICANN meeting for a few years now, but when ICANN turned off Adobe Connect for the back half of ICANN 61 last week […]

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Data leak security glitch screws up ICANN 61 for thousands

A security vulnerability forced ICANN to take down its Adobe Connect conferencing service halfway through its ICANN 61 meeting in Puerto Rico. The “potentially serious security issue” could “could possibly lead to the disclosure of the information shared in an ICANN Adobe Connect room”, ICANN said in a pair of statements. Taking down the service […]

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