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January 18, 2020 02:41

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Amazon governments vow revenge for “illegal and unjust” ICANN decision on .amazon

The eight nations of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization are unhappy that ICANN is giving .amazon to Amazon the retailer and have vowed to spread the word that ICANN has acted “illegally”. ACTO secretary general Alexandra Moreira has written (pdf) to ICANN CEO Göran Marby to say: “We consider this decision an illegal and unjust […]

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ICANN gets a new European chief

ICANN has moved long-time head of North America stakeholder engagement Chris Mondini to head up the organization’s European office. Mondini will take over the role of vice president of stakeholder engagement for Europe and will also become managing director of the Brussels office. He replaces Jean-Jacques Sahel, who quit to join Google’s Asia policy team […]

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ICANN predicts shrinkage in new gTLD sector

ICANN will make less money from new gTLDs in its fiscal 2021 because fewer domains will be registered and renewed, according to its recently published draft budget. The budget, released the day ICANN broke up for its Christmas holidays, shows that the organization expects to bring in $140.4 million in FY21, up a modest $300,000 […]

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ASO uses super powers to demand ICANN turn over .org buyout docs

In an unprecedented move, ICANN’s Address Supporting Organization has exercised its special powers to demand ICANN hand over documents relating to the Ethos Capital acquisition of .org’s Public Interest Registry. There’s a possibility, however small, that this could be the first shot in a war that could see the PIR acquisition scrapped. Fair warning, this […]

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Amazon beats South America! Dot-brand contracts now signed

Amazon has prevailed in its seven-year battle to obtain the right to run .amazon as a branded top-level domain. The company signed contracts for .amazon and the Chinese and Japanese translations on Thursday, despite years-long protests from the eight South American governments that comprise the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization. This means the three gTLDs are […]

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Russian company approved as gTLD escrow provider

ICANN has approved Russian internet exchange point MSK-IX as its 10th gTLD data escrow provider. The organization said that week that Joint Stock Company “Internet Exchange “MSK-IX” has been added to its roster of companies fighting for gTLD registries escrow business. MSK-IX is mainly in the business of operating an internet peering hub — a […]

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Kamel’s deputy gets promoted at ICANN

ICANN has promoted Mandy (Kathryn) Carver to the position of senior VP for governmental and intergovernmental engagement, replacing her late boss, Tarek Kamel. Carver has been with ICANN for 13 years and reported to Kamel, as a plain VP, for the last six. She’ll now report directly to the CEO. She’s a human rights and […]

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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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