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#NetMundial Releases Final Statement

Over the past couple of days NetMundial has been taking place in Brazil. From what those of us following the event from afar can gather the meetings ran late into the night. This evening the final statement (document) was released. It’s a compromise, obviously, and has “rough consensus”. Here it is in full: NetMundial Final […]

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Tracking #Netmundial via Twitter

If you’re not in Brazil this week for the NetMundial meeting you might be following it remotely. So out of interest I decided to check the stats on the more popular hashtag people are using on Twitter, ie. #netmundial Over the past 24 hours the level of activity has been pretty impressive according to TweetReach: […]

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(Dot)Joburg Explained

As others have noted, the launch plans and policies of “geo” and “city” new TLDs vary quite a bit. Some will be heavily restricted and require “presence” in the region or city, while others are going to be fully “open”. Neil Dundas, who is involved with the .joburg registry as well as that of .africa, […]

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Google’s .App Under Fire

I’ve written about “closed generic” new TLD applications several times over the last year. I’m opposed to them, as I’ve said in the past and continue to say today. However I’ve generally been supportive of “restricted” TLDs. The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) has serious concerns about Google’s application for .app and want ICANN’s board […]

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Article 29 Working Party To ICANN – EU Registrars Exempt From Data Retention Requirements

The 2013 RAA was approved by ICANN’s board of directors less than a week ago. The new contract introduces a number of new obligations on ICANN accredited registrars, among them are several related to data validation, verification and retention. The Article 29 Working Party, however, has written to ICANN and made it very clear that […]

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Nominet Puts Draft Registrar Agreement Out For Consultation

Nominet, the .uk domain name registry, has published a draft registrar contract for consultation. The registry had been planning a revision of its contracts for some time. Full details of the consultation, as well as the related documents, may be found here. Nominet are currently planning two public sessions to discuss the contract in July, […]

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Latin American Countries Reject .Amazon & .Patagonia

While the ICANN 46 meeting in Beijing was warming up on the other side of the globe the “Cuarta Conferencia Ministerial sobre la Sociedad de la Información de América Latina y el Caribe” (4th ministerial conference on information society of Latin America and Caribbean) was taking place in Montevideo. The “Montevideo Declaration” (PDF) runs to […]

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Google Bows To Pressure On Closed Generics

The debate surrounding “closed generics”, which we’ve covered several times in the past, has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks. At the centre of the debate were a number of new TLD applications from large companies including Google, Amazon and others. Google had stated that they planned to establish a number of domain […]

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Nominet Sucking Up To Law Enforcement With New Proposals?

Nominet, the registry for *.uk, has opened a public consultation on the re-introduction of .uk domain names ie. domains directly under .uk such as businessname.uk The proposals from the registry, however, sound like they’re heavily influenced by the law enforcement “asks” during the current RAA negotiations. They also ignore the recent Article 29 Working Party […]

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