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New gTLD Prioritization Draw

Posted November 23rd, 2012


A Prioritization Draw (“Draw”) will be held on 17 December 2012 in Los Angeles to assign priority numbers to all new gTLD applications. Each application will be assigned a randomly-drawn priority number. These priority numbers will be used to determine the order in which initial evaluation results are released. Only those Applicants who purchase a ticket will be able to participate in the Draw.

The Draw

The Prioritization Draw will be held on 17 December 2012 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport located at 5711 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90045.

The Draw will begin at 1:00 p.m PST, in the International Ballroom and last until approximately 7:00 p.m., or until the last ticket has been drawn and assigned a priority number.

To participate in the Draw, an Applicant, through a designated representative or proxy (see below for more details) must purchase a ticket in person for each application that the Applicant wants prioritized.

Applicants are not required to attend the 17 December 2012 Draw to receive a prioritization number for each application.

Results of the Draw will be announced on the day of the Draw and the results will be posted on ICANN’s website at within 24 hours of the end of the Draw.

ICANN reserves the right to revise the date, time, and location of the Draw, as well as the date and time for posting the results of the Draw. If any changes do occur, ICANN will notify all Applicants.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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Say It Ain’t So, Lance

Posted October 18th, 2012

From Wall Street Journal

Lance Armstrong Gets Dumped

Commercial fallout from doping allegations against Lance Armstrong hit Wednesday, as Nike Inc., RadioShack Corp., Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the makers  of Trek bikes and Giro helmets, and others distanced themselves from the former cycling champ.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a blistering report accusing seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of being at the center of “a massive team doping scheme, more extensive than any previously revealed in professional sports history.”

Nike was particularly harsh, citing what it described as insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.

The clothing and footwear company said it would continue to support Mr. Armstrong’s cancer charity and carry Livestrong- branded products. The Lance Armstrong Foundation, known as Livestrong, for years has had a partnership with Nike, allowing it to license the Livestrong brand for a collection of clothing, shoes and other merchandise. Mr. Armstrong in the past made appearances at retailers and trade shows on Nike’s behalf, to promote the Livestrong line.

Analysts say Livestrong branded products—profits from which go to the charity—represent a tiny portion of Nike’s $25 billion in revenue.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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ICANN 45 Will Meet in Toronto 14-19 October

Posted August 23rd, 2012

The 45th Meeting of ICANN will take place at The Westen Harbour Castle in Toronto. Hosted by The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) that hosts Canada’s .CA domain.  For the current and future skinny go HERE.

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Space Station Control Codes on Stolen NASA Laptop

Posted March 1st, 2012


A laptop stolen from NASA last year contained command codes used to control the International Space Station, an internal investigation has found.

The laptop, which was not encrypted, was among dozens of mobile devices lost or stolen in recent years that contained sensitive information, the space agency’s inspector general told Congress today in testimony highlighting NASA’s security challenges.

“The March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of the algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station,” NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin said in written testimony (PDF). Another laptop contained sensitive information on the NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs, as well as Social Security numbers, he said.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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North America Represents 13% of over 2 Billion Internet Users Worldwide

Posted January 18th, 2012


Internet now active with 2.1 billion users

You’re one of the 2.1 billion people actively using the Internet.

Looking at the state of the online world throughout 2011, traffic site Pingdom found that the number of Internet users has jumped from a mere 360 million at the end of 2000 and now accounts for 30 percent of the planet’s population.

Sweeping across the continents, Asia holds 922 million Internet users, Europe has 476 million, and North America is in third place with 271 million. Drilling down to individual countries, China is on top with 485 million people using the Internet, more than 36 percent of its total population.

For the full story go HERE.

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“Delegates Debate Challenges Of Worldwide Internet Governance At UN-Backed Forum”

Posted September 29th, 2011

As reported by via David Goldstein: “The Internet’s role as a catalyst for change in light of the turmoil sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, the exposure by WikiLeaks of confidential United States diplomatic cables and recent cyber-attacks are high on the agenda of a United Nations-backed meeting that began today.

Over 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries, representing governments, the private sector, civil society, the Internet community, international organizations and the media, have converged on Nairobi, to examine cross-border challenges at the sixth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), set up to support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in carrying out the mandate of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.”

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“Impact of Hurricane Irene On The Internet”

Posted August 31st, 2011 reports: “Effects of hurricane Irene were clearly visible in the Internet’s global routing table, as tens of thousands of networks were cut off from the rest of the world, according to analysis by Renesys.”

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UN Declares Internet Access A Human Right

Posted June 7th, 2011

As reported by “A United Nations report released Friday declares Internet access a human right. Presented to the General Assembly, the report by UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue states that, “the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression.”

As LaRue highlighted, Internet access can be particularly valuable during times of political unrest, as evidenced in the Arab Spring uprisings. LaRue emphasized the power of the Internet as a communication medium and said in his report that, “given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states.”

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“G-8 Leaders to Call for Tighter Internet Regulation”

Posted May 26th, 2011

As reported by the New York TImes: “Leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized countries are set to issue a provocative call for stronger Internet regulation, a cause championed by the host of the meeting, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, but fiercely opposed by some Internet companies and free-speech groups.

The G-8 leaders will urge the adoption of measures to protect children from online predators, to strengthen privacy rights and to crack down on digital copyright piracy, according to two people who have seen drafts of a communiqué the G-8 will issue at the end of a meeting this week in Deauville, France. At the same time, the document is expected to include a pledge to maintain openness and to support entrepreneurial, rather than government-led, development of the Internet.”

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ICANN 40: Board Sets New gTLDs Timeline; Approves .XXX Domain

Posted March 18th, 2011

The following is the outcome of ICANN 40, San Francisco according to

•  The Board intends to complete the process for final approval of the New gTLD implementation program at an extraordinary meeting of the ICANN Board to be held on Monday, 20 June 2011, at the ICANN public meeting in Singapore.
•  The Board endorsed all 27 of the recommendations made by the Accountability and Transparency Review Team, and requested ICANN Staff to prepare implementation plans.
•  The period for accepting public comments about the process for creating new GNSO constituencies was extended.
•  The Board supported entering into a Registry Agreement with ICM, approving .XXX as a new top-level domain.

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