It looks like Senator Cruz' letter writing campaign isn't going to end any time soon. While previously the Senator and former US presidential hopeful was happy exchanging salvoes with ICANN he's now switched gears and is instead focussing on NTIA and the US Department of Commerce. The latest letter is focussed on a very strange interpretation of the IANA transition … [Read more...] about Cruz Sees Himself As Protector Of Internet Freedom
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Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (and others) has sent yet another letter to ICANN. This time round the letter is addressed both to the Chairman of the ICANN Board, Dr Steve Crocker, as well as to former CEO Fadi Chehadé. The letter (below) repeats some of the questions previously put to ICANN, though the wording is much blunter this time round. Cruz' office … [Read more...] about Cruz And Co Send ICANN Another Letter
ISOC (the Internet Society) has opened a call for nominations to its board of trustees. During this round there are four posts available, with two being elected by IETF, one by members and one by chapters. Full details here … [Read more...] about ISOC Opens Nominations for Board of Trustees
On the final day of the recent ICANN meeting in Beijing the GAC, which includes representatives from many countries' governments, issued their communique as they do at all ICANN meetings. While the contents of a GAC communique always attracts commentary and reaction, the GAC communique from Beijing has probably provoked more debate, anger and confusion than any … [Read more...] about Making Sense of GAC Advice?
ICANN has issued an official release regarding Rod Beckstrom's announced departure. I wasn't expecting the release to have any "meat", but I think they've outdone themselves this time. It's not just slightly fluffy, it's practically redefined my understanding of fluff. There's no indication as to why Beckstrom is standing down, so speculation will be rife (it already … [Read more...] about ICANN Official Release On Beckstrom Departure
ICANN's Nominating Committee announced their appointees last night. The NomCom is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. The NomCom is mandated to ensure that overall, ICANN's leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. The basic criteria is that selectees are people of integrity, objectivity and sound … [Read more...] about ICANN NomCom Appointees Announced
This morning's board meeting in Singapore didn't bring too many surprises. The board voted in favour of launching the new TLD program, though not all board members voted in favour. They've also put out a timeline for applications, which should make quite a few people happy. What is interesting is what the board members said both in favour of the decision and against … [Read more...] about ICANN Board Votes in Favour of New TLDs
Later this morning, during the ICANN meeting in Singapore, ICANN's board will meet. This is not a "normal" board meeting, as it has only one item on the agenda: Consideration of New gTLD Program. That single line says so little and yet so much. For the last few years the new gTLD program has dominated ICANN meetings. This meeting could be the one … [Read more...] about D-Day For New TLDs?
Nominet is stepping down as chairman and director of the company.Nominet released a statement on Mr Gilbert's resignation this morning:Following the successful recent conclusion of Nominet's corporate governance review, Bob Gilbert is stepping down as a director of the Company and Chairman of the Board. Gordon Dick, Deputy Chairman, will take on the role of Chairman on an … [Read more...] about Bob Gilbert Steps Down
PIR, which is behind the .org (dotOrg) registry, has issued a call for statements of interest from people interested in joining their board.According to the announcement on the ISOC site PIR is looking for two directors for the period covering July 2010 to July 2013.Full details of what they're looking for and the application process may be found hereWhile the announcement does … [Read more...] about PIR (dotOrg) Call For Directors