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 one? ICANN Europe was meant to be getting a new head honcho … [Read more...] about ICANN Hits New Low In Staff Retention
Archives for August 2011
ccTLD registry managers have been "upping their game" quite a bit over the last couple of years. Whether this was inevitable or is due to the oncoming "threat" of new TLDs isn't clear. In any case it's a positive move. Some of the registries have embraced social media, unveiled slick websites and done some interesting stuff with multimedia. The .ca registry operator (CIRA) … [Read more...] about Canadian Domain Registry Embraces Video
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 who is behind it, but nobody is willing to admit … [Read more...] about So Who Exactly Is Bob Recstrum?
Whenever a celebrity dies the media has a "feeding frenzy" and sales of anything related to the departed go through the roof. It happened with Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Patrick Swayze .. the list goes on and on. When Amy Winehouse died a few weeks ago the same kind of thing happened. Every single media outlet, both online and print was covering the story. As things … [Read more...] about The Darker Side Of Domaining
Kevin posted about this, but it's worth reposting .. The .ly registry has been defaced. Whether they've got any deeper than the frontpage isn't clear, but it just goes to show that any service hanging off the .ly cctld should be wary .. … [Read more...] about .ly Registry Defaced
The final schedule for the 4th International conference for ccTLD registries and registrars of CIS, Central and Eastern Europe which is being held in Serbia in September has been published. The speakers for the event include ICANN staff, CENTR, Afilias, registrars, registries, ccTLD managers. It should be an interesting event judging by the lineup (Disclosure - I'm … [Read more...] about 4th International conference for ccTLD registries and registrars of CIS, Central and Eastern Europe Schedule Finalised
SIDN, the .nl ccTLD registry, has launched the 2011 SIDN Internet Awards. The awards will be presented at the event in November under 5 different categories: Government and citizens in dialogue The power of the network A secure internet The internet and the environment Knowledge transfer in the digital world Full details and the entry form are on the … [Read more...] about SIDN Launch 2011 Awards
Remember the problems with gb.com a few weeks ago? It looks like Centralnic have finally acquired the domain name fully. Whether money changed hands or the change is due to legal / economic pressure on the previous holder is not apparent. The current whois reads as: Registrant: CentralNic Ltd 35-39 Moorgate London EC2R 6AR GB Domain Name: GB.COM Administrative … [Read more...] about So Centralnic Acquired Gb.com
Following on from the announcement last night that ICANN chief Rod Beckstrom would be stepping down next year there has been a lot of chatter going on via email, twitter, facebook and other media. One question that has been raised by a few people was very practical. What is going to happen to the Palo Alto offices? ICANN observers may recall that one of the terms … [Read more...] about So What’s Happening With ICANN’s Palo Alto Office?
News of Rod Beckstrom's departure spread across the ICANN and wider internet community last night and has been getting quite a bit of mileage on various industry and personal blogs and sites. Here are a few that I came across: Kieren McCarthy suggests (strongly) that ICANN fired Beckstrom Nigel Roberts has a few choice words on the subject. As Nigel is from the ccTLD … [Read more...] about ICANN Community Reactions To Beckstrom Resignation