Archive for June, 2012


ICANN Board Announces Digital Archery Has Been Cancelled

Posted June 28th, 2012

According to a reliable source attending the 45th ICANN Meeting in Prague, the ICANN Board announced today that the much maligned digital archery batching system for the new gTLDs has been cancelled. There will not be a replacement system announced in Prague.  The Board stated that ICANN will need to review ideas recently discussed among various stakeholders and as is customary,  ICANN will later request and consider public comments on the issue.

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Latest ICANN Glitch: Digital Archery

Posted June 25th, 2012


Digital Archery Suspended

Operation of the digital archery portion of the New Generic Top-level Domain Program has been suspended.

The primary reason is that applicants have reported that the timestamp system returns unexpected results depending on circumstances. Independent analysis also confirmed the variances, some as a result of network latency, others as a result of how the timestamp system responds under differing circumstances.

The timestamp window was due to close on 28 June. As of 23 June, approximately 20 percent of applications had a registered timestamp.

Given public comment regarding the timestamp process and that many applicants had yet to register a timestamp, the decision was taken to suspend the system now, pending further analysis of the process.

The evaluation process will continue to be executed as designed. Independent firms are already performing test evaluations to promote consistent application of evaluation criteria. The time it takes to delegate TLDs will depend on the number and timing of batches.

The suspension provides time to investigate technical concerns. ICANN‘s staff and Board will continue to listen to community comment about digital archery and batching.

The information gathered from community input to date and here in Prague will be weighed by the New gTLD Committee of the Board. The Committee will work to ensure that community sentiment is fully understood and to avoid disruption to the evaluation schedule.

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ICANN Gets Crazy…Again!

Posted June 6th, 2012

From Circle ID

The same thing happens before every ICANN meeting. It starts raining. Not men, as the song goes, or droplets of H2O. It starts raining documents.

In the run-up to one of its three-a-year international meetings, ICANN goes into hyperdrive. And this time, days before the Prague meeting (from the 24th to the 29th), the usual downpour has turned into a veritable deluge.

Let’s just take June 4th as an example. On that single day, ICANN has published the following:

  • An independent report on ICANN Board conflicts of Interest (22 pages).
  • An update to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) negotiations (10 documents, a total of 87 pages).
  • A roadmap to the implementation of a new technical policy (SAC 051) on WHOIS (19 pages).
  • A preliminary issues report on protecting International Governmental Organisations (IGOs) in the new gTLD program (55 pages).
  • An update to the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook (338 pages).
  • A request for community input on ICANN’s strategic plan from 2013 to 2016, which at minimum requires reading of the 17 page
  • current strategic plan document covering 2012 to 2015.
  • A report on the feasibility of a survey on WHOIS proxy and privacy (2 documents, a total of 158 pages).
  • An initial report (yes, there’s more to come!) on a new policy for transferring domain names between registrars (61 pages).

Do the math. That’s at the very least 757 pages of stuff to read! Given those facts, any sane person can only have one reaction: that’s no way to run an organization! Especially one tasked with overseeing the technical well being of the Internet!!

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Internet powers flip the IPv6 switch

Posted June 4th, 2012


The time for testing is over as Facebook, Cisco, Comcast, and others will soon permanently enable next-generation Internet technology with vastly more elbow room. What’s it all mean?

What began as a 24-hour test a year ago will become business as usual on Wednesday as a range of big-name Internet companies permanently switch on the next-generation IPv6 networking technology.

And now there’s no turning back.

“IPv6 is being enabled and kept on by more than 1,500 Web sites and ISPs in 22 countries,” said Arbor Networks, a company that monitors global Internet traffic closely.

Internet Protocol version 6 has one big improvement over the prevailing IPv4 standard it’s designed to supplant: room to grow. However, moving to IPv6 isn’t simple, which is why many organizations on the Internet have banded together for Wednesday’s World IPv6 Launch event overseen by a standards and advocacy group called the Internet Society.

See the full skinny HERE.


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