ICANN 42 Dakar

ICANN 42 Kicks Off This Weekend

The 42nd public ICANN meeting officially opens next Monday, but, as usual, a cursory glance at the event schedule shows a different story. GNSO, At-Large, GAC and other stakeholders will be meeting from 9am (local time) on Saturday onwards. What’s on the menu for this meeting? With the launch date for newTLDs announced don’t expect […]

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The World Intellectual Property Organization

For Dummies Win WIPO Case Against Dummy

Why did this case catch my eye? Well when the respondent tells WIPO that the domain is “available to lease” it’s going to catch my attention WIPO have awarded John Wiley & Sons the domain webhostingfordummies.com following a UDRP dispute. What surprised and amused me was the reply the registrant sent WIPO on being notified […]

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GoDaddy Guy

GoDaddy’s 60 Day Lock Finally Explained

GoDaddy’s 60 day lock is something that tends to provoke emotive responses. Up until now, however, the company has never provided a clear public explanation of why and how it is implemented. Finally this has happened, with GoDaddy’s Christine Jones providing a very clear explanation over on her personal blog. Go read it. Seriously. The […]

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World Map Politic 2005 with ccTLDs - LQ version

Comments On CoCCA’s Proposals

CoCCA have published a set of proposals under the title of “Best Practice Recommendations for Minimising Harm ( and increasing trust ) in small ccTLDs”. While the spirit of the proposals is admirable I find the proposals themselves to be more than a little disturbing from both a registrant and registrar viewpoint. Since I’m not […]

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Icann Lisbon 2007

ICANN Hits New Low In Staff Retention

Quite a few people have voiced concerns over the last year or so with respect to ICANN’s staff retention. Any time the issue is raised during an ICANN meeting, however, the CEO and board have refused to entertain any discussion of the subject and cite “industry” statistics. So how are they going to explain this […]

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Bob-Recstrum-avatar

So Who Exactly Is Bob Recstrum?

If you’re an ICANN “insider” and use Twitter then you’ve probably come across the user account @BobRecstrum, which is an obvious parody of Rod Beckstrom. The account has been active for the last few months (since March 26th 2011 according to the Twitter timeline and this site) I’ve spoken to several people who might know […]

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