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NameSmash 2010 Year In Review

Posted January 6th, 2011

From the successful launch of IDNs to Google’s battle with China to the approval of .XXX, 2010 was a year marked by progress. We might not have flying cars, robot butlers or crops that thrive on Gatorade but we do have Twitter weddings.

Behold, the NameSmash 2010 year in review!


  • Cybersquatting fell to a three year low
  • Google threatened to leave China
  • Expressions of Interest for new gTLDs ( was a hot button topic


  • China tightens rules for domain owners
  • Afilias bought Dot Mobi
  • ICANN warns that the adoption of IPV6 is essential
  • The .CO launch is announced


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The Decisions Of ICANN, Nairobi A Month Later

Posted April 9th, 2010

We are a month out from the ICANN Nairobi meeting. It usually takes a few weeks for the dust to settle, to get back into routine and to digest the decisions made or not made during the meeting. Many members of the community were fraught with security concerns and as a result, attendance was incredibly low. Reports from those we spoke with who did attend was that this worked to the advantage of those seeking a sit -down audience with ICANN Board members and staff.

However, there were challenges presented by having large swaths of entire constituencies not in attendance, glitches in remote participation and transcripts as well as security at the meeting so tight it made it difficult to move around freely. This is not the first meeting to have security issues and safety threats. Perhaps it was because of the elaborate security measures that the meeting went off without incident.

This ICANN meeting also received an unusual share of attention from the non-ICANN focused blogosphere thanks in large part to .XXX being on the agenda.

The following is a breakdown of the key decisions made during ICANN Nairobi and what action has been taken on them in the month since the meeting.


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ICANN Board Dumps EOI

Posted March 12th, 2010

According to sources following the ICANN Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, that wrapped up today, the ICANN Board has decided to withdraw the proposal for a mandatory Expressions of Interest (EOI) for first round applicants of the new gTLDS. The EOI had required applicants to make a public declaration of their desired name string and plop down a payment of $55,000. Opposition (see HERE) by the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and a lack of public consensus were said to be the main contributing factors in the board’s decision.

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GAC Asks ICANN To Delay A Decision On The Expressions Of Interest Process Until Nairobi Meeting

Posted January 28th, 2010

As reported at Domain Name Wire: “The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) is asking ICANN to delay a decision on the so-called “Expressions of Interest” process for new top level domain names.”

For the full story, click HERE.

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