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.gay gets rooted

The new gTLD .gay, which was often used as an example of a controversial TLD that could be blocked from the DNS, has finally made it to the DNS. While no .gay domains are currently resolving, the TLD itself was added to the root zone over the weekend. Its registry is Top Level Design, which […]

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The internet is about to get a lot gayer

Seven years after four companies applied for the .gay top-level domain, we finally have a winner. Three applicants, including the community-driven bid that has been fighting ICANN for exclusive recognition for years, this week withdrew their applications, leaving Top Level Design the prevailing bidder. Top Level Design is the Portland, Oregon registry that already runs […]

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Christians rail against GoDaddy’s six-color gay rights flag

GoDaddy changed its social media avatars to a gay rights flag yesterday, incurring the wrath of some self-declared Christians and US right-wingers. The change was made in recognition of LGBT Pride Month, in which every June gay rights groups hold marches and generally celebrate/call for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The […]

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ICANN strikes back at “offensive” .gay bidder

ICANN has responded harshly to claims that a probe of its handling of applications for the .gay gTLD was fixed from the outset. Writing to dotgay LLC lawyer Arif Ali this week, ICANN lawyer Kate Wallace said claims that the investigation “had a pre-determined outcome in mind” were “as offensive as they are baseless”. FTI […]

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CPE probe: “whitewash” or “fig leaf”?

A few weeks ago, when I was reporting the conclusions of a probe into ICANN’s new gTLD program, I wrote a prediction on a piece of paper and placed it into a sealed envelope.* I wrote: “They’re gonna call this a whitewash.” And I was correct! Ta-dah! I’m here all week. The lawyer for applicants […]

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.music and .gay CPE probe could end this month

An ICANN-commissioned investigation into the fairness of its Community Priority Evaluation process for new gTLDs could wind up before the end of June. In an update Friday, ICANN also finally revealed who is actually conducting the probe, which has been slammed by affected applicants for being secretive. A tentative timeline sketched out in the update […]

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.gay, .music and others in limbo as ICANN probes itself

Several new gTLD applicants have slammed ICANN for conducting an investigation into its own controversial practices that seems to be as opaque as the practices themselves. Seven proposed new gTLDs, including the much-anticipated .music and .gay, are currently trapped in ICANN red tape hell as the organization conducts a secretive probe into how its own […]

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Spurned applicant crowd-funding to fight ICANN for .gay gTLD

The community-driven applicant for .gay is attempting to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars via crowd-funding to challenge a series of adverse decisions that look set to lock it out of running the gTLD. Alongside the fundraising, dotgay LLC has launched an extraordinary broadside at its frustrators, accusing ICANN of “discrimination” and rival applicants of […]

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DotGay LLC Creates Video Going Against ICANN Over .Gay

DotGay LLC is the originator of a proposal to create a .gay domain space on the Internet. Formed to garner support for a .gay TLD and advance a mandate for delivering tangible financial and strategic benefits for the LGBTQIA. dotgay’s proposal is based on: channeling 67% of the profits from the sale of .gay domain […]

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Ombudsman trashes ICANN’s rejection of .gay “community”

ICANN’s outgoing Ombudsman fired a parting shot at his former employer last week with a scathing analysis of its rejection of .gay as a community gTLD. ICANN should reject the decisions of two independent Economist Intelligence Unit panels, which found that Dotgay LLC’s application for .gay did not meet the strict definition of “community” under […]

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