Archive for September, 2009


US To Loosen Grip on the Internet

Posted September 30th, 2009

Story from BBC NEWS:

The US government is expected to relax control over how the internet is run when it signs an accord with net regulator ICANN on Wednesday.

The “affirmation of commitments” will reportedly give ICANN autonomy to run its own affairs for the first time.

Previous agreements gave the US close oversight of ICANN – drawing criticism from other countries.

Earlier this year, the EU called on the US to relinquish its control and Icann to become “universally accountable”.

“The US government is the only body to have had formal oversight of Icann’s policies and activities since its inception in 1998,” it said.

“The Commission believes that ICANN should become universally accountable, not just to one government but to the global internet community.

“This is particularly relevant given that the next billion of internet users will mainly come from the developing world.”

The current agreement between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is due to expire on Thursday.


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Cheech & Chong Adventures With WIPO

Posted September 29th, 2009

Cheech & Chong, are seeking the assistance of WIPO to obtain the domain name CheechAndChong.Com. The domain is currently used by Traced Inc. as a fan site selling all kinds of to sell “paraphernalia” related to the comedians.

For more information, click here.

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ICANN To Study WHOIS Abuse

Posted September 28th, 2009

ICANN is seeking independent researchers to respond to request for proposal on WHOIS misuse studies.

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DotGreen Picks Neustar For Global Non-Profit TLD

Posted September 25th, 2009

The DotGreen Registry Corporation, a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, has selected Neustar, Inc. to provide the registry and DNS services required to support the .green global Top-Level Domain.

DotGreen is preparing its application to ICANN to manage the new .green top-level domain in 2010.Conceived in 2007, .green was the first environmental TLD proposed to international environmental groups, and the DotGreen Registry Corporation remains the only announced non-profit public benefit corporation to seek such an environmental domain.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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New ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom Responds to House Judiciary Committee Member’s Letter

Posted September 24th, 2009

Last week, House Judiciary Committee members Lamar Smith and Howard Coble sent a letter (obtained via to new ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom expressing concern over the rollout of new gTLDs and the expiration of ICANN’s joint project agreement with the US Government.

This week, Beckstrom has responded to the posed concerns. This is not an unexpected twist on the path of the new gTLD rollout and it will be interesting to see the ways it will change in the coming months as the voices of support and dissent vie to out-shout each other.

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If You Hold .YU Domains, There Is Something You Might Want To Know…

Posted September 22nd, 2009

On September 30, .YU will cease to exist as Serbia transitions to its new .RS domain as the country’s sole Internet suffix.

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Apple Launches WIPO Complaint Over

Posted September 16th, 2009

Via Domain Name Wire, “Apple, Inc. has launched a complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization over the domain name .Mx is Mexico’s country code, and is the standard second level domain used in the country (although Mexico is now opening up .mx at the first level). The arbitration panel should render a decision on whether Apple gets the domain name within a couple months.”

For the full story, click here.

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Kentucky Decision Still Undecided

Posted September 15th, 2009

The battle for the Kentucky gambling domains continues to rage on.

While January’s ruling that the domains in question could not be seized by the state was a major victory for domain holders, the Supreme Court in the state of Kentucky will hear Governor Steven Bashear’s final appeal to gain control of the domains on October 22, 2009.

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Retail Giant Testing The Single Character Domain Waters.

Posted September 14th, 2009, Inc. has registered the 1 character domain, O.BIZ  to expand their reach to hotel, office and restaurant products. The site is scheduled to go live October 31, 2009.

“The .BIZ extension is appealing to growing, innovative businesses. Our goal is to have O.BIZ help small to medium-size businesses save money by leveraging the purchasing power of,” said Chairman and CEO Patrick Byrne.

Click here for the full press release.

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IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation

Posted September 10th, 2009

from ICANN Status Update

9 September 2009

According to ICANN, the implementation is tracking to the project plan and it is planned to be submitted to the Board during the ICANN meeting in Korea, Seoul, 26-30 October 2009. Discussion of the implementation plan will continue during the Korea meeting and the plan can be amended if a change is indicated. Anticipating positive Board consideration, the process can be launch within a very small time frame after the Seoul meeting (in the fourth quarter of 2009).

The proposed Final Implementation Plan will be posted online for public review at the end of September 2009, and a new status update of the overall implementation will be provided prior to the Korea meeting.

Implementation Update:

* DNS Stability Panel: Interisle has been contracted to form the DNS Stability Panel that conducts the technical string requirement evaluations for requested IDN ccTLDs. This includes a verification that the delegations of new TLD strings will not result in user confusion with any existing strings in the DNS. Interisle is currently in the process of forming the DNS Stability Panel for Fast Track Process String Evaluation and providing on-boarding material to panel members.

* Online Request System: the online system through which IDN ccTLD requests will be submitted is in the final stages of development and testing. The next three weeks will be used: (i) finalize the online content (ii) perform a legal review (iii) undertake a live test. As part of the live test ICANN has consulted with representatives of five countries and invited them to participate in testing of the system. Testing includes: submitting a test request in the system, processing / qualification by staff, providing feedback on the test to participants. These tests will run from the end of September through 9 October after which a new status report of overall Fast Track implementation will be released.

* Online IDN area: the IDN area online will be revised with an FAQ, fact sheets, and a manual reference for use of the online request system. The new and improved site will be released prior to the Fast Track Process launch time.

* Linguistic Processes: there are a few aspects of the Fast Track Process that are related to linguists or require the advice or statements from experts in writing systems. An important piece of this relates to the requested string(s) as a meaningful representation of a country or territory name. UNGEGN has agreed to support Fast Track participants as needed with referrals to such expertise. The referrals will be provided through an ICANN point of contact and the method for requesting such expertise will be described in the proposed Final Implementation Plan. ICANN plans to support to those requiring linguistic assistance.

* Outstanding issues: several topics that has been discussed in public comment on implementation proposals of the Fast Track Process since the initial draft implementation plan was released on 23 October 2008. These include: (i) the form of relationship between an IDN ccTLD manager and ICANN, (ii) cost considerations regarding contribution to processing and TLD support costs, (iii) management of variant TLDs. Solutions to these issues have been discussed, and it is believed that current opinions or positions of each community segment is well understood.

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