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Debate as accuser names “sexual harasser”

The woman who says she was sexually harassed at the ICANN meeting in Marrakech earlier this month has controversially named the alleged perpetrator on a public mailing list. She’s also publicly released documents exchanged between herself and the ICANN Ombudsman, with whom she has made a formal complaint. According to her complaint the man, a […]

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Three new ICANN directors started today

A former Dutch politician, a cable company VP and a Latin American ccTLD manager joined the ICANN board of directors today. The three new directors took their seats at the conclusion of the ICANN 54 public meeting in Dublin. Two were Nominating Committee appointees, the third was selected by the Address Supporting Organization to replace […]

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Why did the GNSO fail to pick a new leader?

Political infighting between sections of the Generic Names Supporting Organization seems to be responsible for the GNSO Council’s failure to elect a new chair yesterday. Rumor has it that Contracted Parties House pick James Bladel, a VP at Go Daddy, only lost because of ructions in the Non-Contracted Parties House. I stress these are just […]

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Go Daddy veep loses ICANN election to “none of the above”

ICANN’s multistakeholder GNSO Council has been left embarrassingly rudderless after its members failed to elect a new chair. The unprecedented result saw Go Daddy VP of policy James Bladel lose an election to “none of the above” yesterday. Under GNSO rules, there are two candidates for chair. One is nominated by the Contracted Parties House […]

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Should brands get a new gTLD round to themselves? Twitter thinks so

Twitter wants to get its hands on some new gTLDs but doesn’t want to wait. Having missed the first round of new gTLD applications back in 2012, the company is now keen on getting .twitter and other strings both branded and generic. “We’re interest in round two,” Twitter trademark counsel Stephen Coates said as ICANN’s […]

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ICANN boss warns against “content policing” calls

ICANN should resist attempts to turn the organization into a content regulator responsible for fighting piracy, counterfeiting and terrorism. That’s according to CEO Fadi Chehade, speaking in Dublin yesterday at the opening ceremony of ICANN’s 54th public meeting. His remarks have already solicited grumbles from members of the intellectual property community, which are eager for […]

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ALAC throws spanner in ICANN accountability discussions

The At-Large Advisory Committee has yanked backing for a key ICANN accountability proposal. The ALAC, on of ICANN’s policy advisory groups, this afternoon voted unanimously “to withdraw support for the Membership model” at ICANN 54 in Dublin. The Membership model is a proposal out of the Cross Community Working Group on Accountability (CCWG) that would […]

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ICANN 54 – Sunday live-blog

Testing, testing… one, two, one, two… This is a live blog covering developments from ICANN 54 in near real-time. If you’re looking at this page, the post will refresh automatically whenever there’s new content to see. If you’re reading it elsewhere it will, presumably, not. Today I’ll be mainly sticking with the Generic Names Supporting […]

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DI will be live-blogging ICANN 54

I’m going to be doing something a little different for ICANN’s latest public meeting. For various tedious reasons I was unable to attend in person ICANN 54, which started in Dublin this morning, so I thought I’d try to make the best of the advantages of remote participation and a friendly time zone to try […]

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ICANN on “knife edge” after accountability impasse

The ICANN board of directors and the community group tasked with improving its accountability have failed to come to a compromise over the future direction of the organization, despite an intense two-day argument at the weekend. As the often fractious Los Angeles gathering drew to a close, ICANN chair Steve Crocker said that the board […]

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