Archive for February, 2011


An “Adult” Take On The ICANN/ GAC Meeting In Brussels

Posted February 28th, 2011

ICANN and The GAC are meeting in Brussels to hammer out certain details of the New gTLD program.

While there are a variety of opinions on government involvement and veto power regarding gTLDs, the following perspective comes from an unexpected corner. Adult news source XBIZ is reporting on the meeting and the possibility of governments becoming empowered to block access to TLDs. They are specifically focused on how this might affect the yet to be released (but approved by ICANN in 2010) .xxx.

Click HERE to read the article.

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ICANN Threatens .jobs With Pink Slip

Posted February 28th, 2011

As reported by Domain Name Wire “ ICANN has notified .jobs registry Employ Media LLC that it is in breach of its contract at ICANN, and the contract is subject to cancellation if the breach isn’t corrected within 30 days.”

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Click HERE to read the notice of breach letter.

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A Community TLD Application: Interview With .gay Applicant, Niche TLD’s

Posted February 28th, 2011

One of the most fascinating and frustrating characteristics of the New gTLD program is the secrecy of most of the applicants. There are those who understandably aren’t willing to expose their business plan. Others who aren’t interested in becoming publicly involved with a program that at times can feel quite fragile. There are also more than a few applicants who are in direct competition with each other. In some cases applicants pursuing the same TLD have a very different intent on how they might run the extension.

As you may know, there are multiple categories within the scope of New gTLDs. For example, one can apply for a geographic, general, brand or community TLD. All New gTLD applicants must state whether the TLD they are applying for is considered community or standard. If two applicants are pursuing the same TLD and one is community based and the other is standard, preference will be given to the community applicant if they are able to meet all of the criteria to be considered as such. However, if one chooses to operate a community TLD, they have one of the more difficult roads to travel in the application process.

According to the Proposed Applicant Guidebook, “For purposes of this Applicant Guidebook, a community- based gTLD is a gTLD that is operated for the benefit of a clearly delineated community. Designation or non-designation of an application as community-based is entirely at the discretion of the applicant. Any applicant may designate its application as community-based; however, each applicant making this designation is asked to substantiate its status as representative of the community it names in the application by submission of written endorsements in support of the application.”

A community application is expected to meet the following criteria:

1. Demonstrate an ongoing relationship with a clearly delineated community.

2. Have applied for a gTLD string strongly and specifically related to the community named in the application.

3. Have proposed dedicated registration and use policies for registrants in its proposed gTLD, including appropriate security verification procedures, commensurate with the community-based purpose it has named.

4. Have its application endorsed in writing by one or more established institutions representing the community it has named.

The TLD will also enter a complicated scoring process where to reach community status, an applicant must receive a score of 14 to be considered a community TLD. Many are concerned that this exhaustive process of point scoring will weed out TLDs that are truly deserving of a community designation.

An interesting example of an applicant that is both “out” about their interest in operating (several) specific New gTLDs and also applying for community consideration is Niche TLD’s declaration for .gay.

While there are more than one applicant pursuing .gay, we recently had a chance to speak with Niche TLD’s whose ideas are pushing the boundaries of how a TLD operator can serve, participate in and enrich it’s registrant community. Niche TLD’s believes that a New gTLD doesn’t have to be huge to be successful. Their website states “ “It is my personal belief that among the most successful new gTLD’s we will find a lot of niche TLD’s for smaller communities.”

Our interview with Alexander Schubert of Niche TLD’s is after the jump.


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Watching Internet Videos in Zimbabwe Can Be A Capital Offense

Posted February 25th, 2011

As reported by “Munyaradzi Gwisai, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe’s law school, was showing internet videos about the tumult sweeping across North Africa to students and activists last Saturday, when state security agents burst into his office.

The agents seized laptop computers, DVD discs and a video projector before arresting 45 people, including Gwisai, who runs the Labor Law Center at the University of Zimbabwe. All 45 have been charged with treason — which can carry a sentence of life imprisonment or death — for, in essence, watching viral videos.”

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@RodBeckstrom Tweets: US Dept of Commerce publishes NOI re. IANA Functions:

Posted February 25th, 2011

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ICANN 41 To Be Held In Singapore

Posted February 25th, 2011

Putting an end to speculation, ICANN have announced that the 41st meeting to be held June 19-24, 2011 will indeed take place in Singapore.

The conference facility has not yet been announced, however ICANN has previously met in the city-state island country of Singapore and the meeting may inhabit it’s previous location.

Situated north of the equator in Southeast Asia, Singapore is one of the five busiest ports in the world. May and June are it’s hottest months so prepare for warm weather, change your currency for some Singapore dollars and book your flight early.

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When the Internet Nearly Fractured, And How It Could Happen Again

Posted February 24th, 2011

As reported by the Atlantic:

“When the entire country of Egypt was forced offline by its government last month, it served as a global wake-up call that the Internet is a more fragile medium than we imagine it to be. What happened in Egypt was particularly striking, but other, subtler tests of the Internet’s resilience abound.

Turn your eye to the domain name system, for example. Commonly referred to as DNS, the domain name system is the obscure but almost unimaginably important process whereby memorable names like “” get translated into the numbers that actually pinpoint The Atlantic‘s place on the Internet. There, in the innards of the Internet, there’s controversy brewing. The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement division and the Department of Justice have been targeting domain names for takedowns, and the United States Senate is considering a bill that would empower the Attorney General to blacklist website names from the Internet’s directories.

But this isn’t the first time that DNS has been a contested space. In one particularly curious episode from the modern Internet’s early days, a man named Eugene Kashpureff ignited a battle over the future of the global network that brought him face-to-face with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

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2011- 2014 ICANN Strategic Plan

Posted February 24th, 2011

ICANN produces a three-year Strategic Plan that is reviewed and updated annually. The 2011 – 2014 version has been released.

Click HERE for the latest installment.

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Joint US/ EU Cybercrime Forum Happening Now in Brussels

Posted February 24th, 2011

This United States and European Union Law enforcement are sitting down with leading members of the domain industry for a Cybercrime forum in Brussels.

Of the scholarship that is emerging from this event, Nigel Roberts of the Channel Islands Registry’s response to ICANN’s 2009 Law Enforcement Recommendations is of particular note . Roberts writes:

“European registries and registrars do want to help the good guys catch the bad guys. And don’t want unnecessary formalities to get in the way of that goal. It is now well known that for a Law Enforcement agency outside the EU to request data via a Mutual Assistance request, can take many months. This is an eon in cybercrime terms. So new protocols and systems are required on exchange of information.

Domain name Registries and registrars have to work with the police and judicial authorities, from other jurisdictions, as well as the national authorities (procedures for which are well understood locally). Just because there are different perspectives does not mean that that registries/registrars and police authorities are on different sides. But it must be the reality that no-one wants to see convenience and pragmatism create a situation whereby fundamental rights are not taken into account or may even be disregarded.”

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GAC Releases Scorecard on New gTLD Outstanding Issues

Posted February 24th, 2011

Click HERE for the 12 outstanding issues.

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