If you follow Internet Governance circles you'll know that most people involved in the internet policy and governance are either in Brazil or en route there this weekend. NetMundial is being held in São Paulo, Brazil on 23rd and 24th and it's pretty serious business if the agenda is anything to go by. However over on Our Netmundial there's a slightly different message … [Read more...] about Our NetMundial Brings Some Humour to Internet Governance
It's that time again - yet another new iteration of the ICANN website ... This time instead of simply "throwing the switch" ICANN are rolling out the site in phases .. According to ICANN's Chris Gift the new site is going to be a big improvement: "We had three objectives for the new site: improve transparency of ICANN by making information easier to find, make it … [Read more...] about ICANN Rolling Out New Site
Over the past couple of years I've posted several times on the issue of "closed generics". In essence these are new TLD applications where the string is a "generic term" AND the applicant wanted to keep all domains in the registry for their own use. The baseline registry agreement with ICANN now contains language that resolves the issue, or at least it would appear to do … [Read more...] about Closed Generics The Final Battle?
ICANN's NCUC - the Non-Commercial Users Constituency is organising a full day event in Singapore right before the ICANN meeting. The event is focussed on Internet Governance with a focus on the Netmundial meeting in Brazil: The Road to São Paulo, and Beyond The purpose of this NCUC conference is to provide a first opportunity for intensive, F2F cross-community dialogue on … [Read more...] about The Road to São Paulo, and Beyond
IEDR have published their latest annual report which covers the period up to the end of 2012. Here's a few of the highlights: Renewal rate of 86% Total .ie domains at year-end of 182,284, up 5.3% year-on-year New .ie domain registrations down 15% on 2011 By way of comparison the .no domain registry (Norway) currently has 588999 domains registered. In terms of … [Read more...] about IEDR Publish 2012 Domain Figures
Today is April 28th. At this stage ICANN should have already announced the new TLD applicants or been in a position to do so within a couple of days. Unfortunately they aren't going to be able to make any announcement and when they'll be able to do so is still unclear. The new TLD application system is still offline. The most recent update on the TAS outage is not … [Read more...] about TLD Timeline Knock On Effects?
Today is April 12 2012. It's also meant to be the day that the new TLD application window closes. Now it's not. No. ICANN has spectacularly failed to manage the new TLD process and will miss its own deadline by over a week. Any prospective new TLD applicant will be greeted with the following message if they try to access the TAS (the online system ICANN provides for … [Read more...] about ICANN Takes “Fail” To A Whole New Level
The 44th ICANN meeting will take place from June 24th to June 29th 2012 in Prague. Registrations opened earlier this evening, as the 43rd ICANN meeting draws to a close. The June meeting will be hosted by the Czech ccTLD registry and was not without some controversy The local hosts have also launched their own site to promote the meeting and provide relevant … [Read more...] about ICANN 44 Registrations Open
A couple of hours ago ICANN put their new site design "live". In an email sent by ICANN's Director Marketing and Outreach, Scott Pinzon, an overview of the site's new features was announced. While the new site design will probably be greeted with mixed reviews it does offer a number of features that were long overdue including support for mobile devices. The new site … [Read more...] about ICANN Launch New Website Design
If you're interested in heading up an international organisation, like plenty of travel and a nice fat salary, then maybe you might want to apply for the job as ICANN's CEO. Applications close on February 17th (nicely spotted Kevin!) … [Read more...] about Want To Run ICANN?