On Monday June 25th, as part of the Prague ICANN meeting, there is a slot on the schedule for the "CEO Farewell Reception". Rod Beckstrom will be leaving ICANN. This is not news. It was announced (via Twitter) several months ago. What is "news" is more correctly the lack of it ie. the naming of the new CEO. ICANN has not announced who will be replacing Rod … [Read more...] about Where Is ICANN’s New CEO?
ICANN will be hosting an event in London next Wednesday with both Rod Beckstrom and Kurt Pritz in attendance. The event will include the official "reveal" of the new TLD application list. Over the past few days there have been quite a few big announcements, with Donuts scooping the "lion's share" of coverage with their announcement to apply for over 300 strings! Related … [Read more...] about New TLD Reveal Event In London
Nominet, which won the contract for .wales and .cymru, is currently conducting market research on the two strings. Nominet have contracted Beaufort Research to help them garner feedback from their stakeholders on how they'd like to see the two Welsh extensions developed. The questionnaire covers a range of topics including policy, pricing and perceived demand. Oddly … [Read more...] about Nominet Doing Market Research On .Wales and .Cymru
CIRA, the .ca registry, is taking their entire registry offline except for resolution services for 24 hours. While most domain registries conduct scheduled maintenance that would impact the SRS at some level and for several hours at a time I don't think I've ever seen a relatively large domain registry plan a 24 hour outage before. You can read details of the outage on … [Read more...] about CIRA To Go Offline For 24 Hours
I wasn't sure who was going to be happy about the new RAA docs that were published last night. I guess I now have the answer - Telesign. Telesign have been trying to get "in" with registrars over the last couple of years but their sales tactics are quite lacking. Today's missive arrived in my inbox with the subject line: Registrar Accreditation Agreement Limited … [Read more...] about Telesign Use New RAA Update To Spam Registrars