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March 19, 2019 23:00

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For only the second time, ICANN tells the GAC to get stuffed

ICANN’s board of directors has decided to formally disagree with its Governmental Advisory Committee for what I believe is only the second time in the organization’s history. In a letter to new GAC chair Thomas Schneider today, ICANN chair Steve Crocker took issue with the fact that the GAC recently advised the board to cut […]

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US winemakers rebel against their government

Groups representing thousands of US winemakers have come out against .wine and .vin, bringing their government’s position on the two proposed new gTLDs into question. Seven regional associations, representing close to 2,000 wineries, issued a statement last night raising “strong objections” to the gTLDs with “non-existent to grossly insufficient safeguards”. The joint statement says: If […]

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Democrat congressman sides with France on .wine

US Representative Anna Eshoo has written to ICANN’s top brass to express “deep concerns” about the .wine and .vin new gTLDs and urge that they be permanently killed off. In a letter (pdf) to CEO Fadi Chehade, Eshoo wrote: it’s my understanding that the .wine and .vin gTLDs have been met with fierce opposition from […]

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France slams ICANN after GAC rejects special treatment for .wine

France says that “ICANN is no longer the appropriate forum to discuss Internet governance” after it failed to win support from other governments for special protections in .wine and .vin gTLDs. The government came to ICANN 50 in London this week apparently determined to secure a Governmental Advisory Committee consensus that .wine should have protection […]

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ICANN50 and World Cup: Passionate about the game!

There’s no question about it: Fadi Chehadé, president and CEO of ICANN, is one passionate man on the Internet field. With that in mind, and continuing our humorous coverage of photography from the ICANN50 conference in London, we present you the latest snapshot! “When you’re passionate about the game, the crowd’s applause is your only […]

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A million domains taken down by email checks

Over 800,000 domain names have been suspended since the beginning of the year as a result of Whois email verification rules in the new ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement. That’s according to the Registrars Stakeholder Group, which collected suspension data from registrars representing about 75% of all registered gTLD domain names. The actual number of suspended […]

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Pictures from the biggest domain name event ever

Scenes from the first day of ICANN 50 in London. Close to 3,500 people registered for the ICANN 50 meeting in London this week, making it the biggest domain-name related event ever. The surge in attendance has to do with a confluence of events, especially the U.S. government’s recent plans to eventually no longer be […]

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ICANN 50 Special: Watch the World Cup at the conference!

Michele Neylon, plays an active role in ICANN and he is the chairman of the Registrar Stakeholder Group. He also reports on ICANN 50 in London, UK, from Technology.ie. ICANN 50 is the biggest ICANN event ever, in terms of attendance and global participation. Today, and for the length of this very important event, we’re launching […]

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ICANN 50 Special: Beats by Dr. Dre rock London conference

ICANN 50 opened its royal gates in London, UK, and what a splendid conference this will be! More than 3,300 registrations, according to Michele Neylon’s publication, Technology.ie, who points out this is the largest in ICANN’s history. We’re not surprised, as the location chosen for ICANN 50 is in the heart of Europe and not […]

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No mention of .london at ICANN London

The forthcoming .london gTLD didn’t get a look in during the opening ceremony of ICANN 50, held this morning in London. The host city gTLD’s complete absence from the two-hour event — it wasn’t mentioned once — would have escaped notice had it not been for the abundance of plugs for .wales and .cymru attendees […]

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