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ICANN Down Under

Posted July 27th, 2009

Recap of Sydney ICANN Meeting — Critical Issues for Businesses
By Mike Rodenbaugh

The ICANN community gathered in Sydney in late June, for the second of three scheduled meetings in 2009.  The primary topics of conversation were the newly hired CEO, and several issues related to the introduction of new top-level domains (TLDs) coming in 2010.  The hot issues about new TLDs involve protection against cybersquatting, protection of the public from expanded opportunity to maliciously abuse the DNS, the introduction of Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) TLDs, and registry-registrar structural separation.  These issues are included among the 8 public comment periods currently open HERE (and 18 recently closed!)

There is plenty going on at ICANN these days, so here’s an update on the most critical issues for businesses of all shapes and sizes.  A broader update published monthly by ICANN policy staff is HERE.  The current timeline for new TLDs calls for a final version of the Applicant Guidebook by end of 2009, and applications from would-be operators in March 2010, with new TLDs coming live in the latter half of 2010.  Clearly ICANN staff and community have much work yet to do, and soon, if this schedule is to become reality.


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Posted May 28th, 2009

By now, interested people are aware that ICANN intends to allow an unlimited number of new top-level names, intended to rival the existing gTLDs such as .com, .net, .org, .biz, .travel, .jobs, etc.  Many of these will be internationalized domain names (“IDNs”) in scripts currently unavailable at the top-level of the DNS, such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean and Japanese.  ICANN also intends to allow new IDN country-code TLDs, for example “.India” in Hindi script, to supplement the current ASCII versions like, .cn, .de, .in, etc.

Fewer people are aware of how phishing attacks, malware distribution, child pornography and other criminal activity, all dependent upon domain name registrations and/or IP addresses, are often enabled by exploiting vulnerabilities in the registration systems of TLD registries, domain registrars and their resellers.  Typically a criminal operation will find a security hole or process vulnerability to exploit, and then exploit it until the registry, registrar and/or reseller fix it.  Then they move on to another target.


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La Palabra from Mexico City

Posted March 18th, 2009

Mike Rodenbaugh went to Mexico, paid attention and now he is sharing his thoughts with us. Good thing too. Mike’s a GNSO Councilor and Officer of the Business Constituency.

ICANN held the first of its three 2009 general meetings in Mexico City, from
February 28 to March 6.  More than 1200 people attended, and the prime
topics were new TLDs and trademark protection.

This should be welcome news to many of us who have been arguing for years
that ICANN does little to remedy rampant trademark abuse in existing TLDs.


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