This weekend the 44th ICANN public meeting kicked off in Prague. Yesterday's big news came early in the morning with the announcement that "Digital Archery" had been "suspended". Whether it will come back to haunt new TLD applicants at a later date or not is not clear, though many attendees are hoping that it won't. Yesterday also saw the meeting between the GNSO and … [Read more...] about ICANN 44 Weekend Meetings
Yesterday afternoon ICANN held a press conference in Prague to announce two things: the new CEO who would replace Rod Beckstrom the interim CEO who would fill the role between Beckstrom's departure and October 1 The new CEO from October 1 2012 will be Fadi Chehadé but until he takes the reins ICANN's Chief Operating Officer Akram Atallah will be interim CEO. So this … [Read more...] about ICANN Leadership Confusion?
The Registrar Stakeholder Group has issued a statement on the RAA negotiations this evening. This is in response to the text and documents released by ICANN a couple of weeks ago. Statement from the Registrar Stakeholder Group The Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) would like to provide this statement regarding the current status of RAA negotiations and the update posted on … [Read more...] about Registrar Stakeholder Group Issues Statement on RAA Negotiations
Finding your way around at an ICANN meeting can be a bit of a challenge depending on the venue. Here's the layout for the ICANN meeting in Prague … [Read more...] about ICANN Prague Floor Layout
The guys in CloudRegistry have made available a handy .ics file for the Prague ICANN meeting. You can get it here Yet again they've saved the day! … [Read more...] about CloudRegistry Release Handy Timetable For Prague ICANN Meeting
Neustar have written to ICANN about batching during the new TLD program and are urging caution. The letter, penned by their latest hire Becky Burr, joins several others that are asking ICANN not to blindly implement batching without waiting to assess the actual applications received: Neustar has long been an advocate for the introduction of new generic top level … [Read more...] about Neustar To ICANN – Pause Before Implementing Batching
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?
The timetable for the ICANN public meeting in Prague has been published. Unlike previous meetings there will be no board meeting on the Friday. Related articles Hilton Prague screws over ICANN delegates(domainincite.com) ICANN Publish New TLD Timeline(internetnews.me) … [Read more...] about Full Schedule For ICANN Prague Published
Last night ICANN published a timeline for the new TLD process moving forward. They also revealed that there were currently 500 new TLD applications that had not been completed. Whether they will be completed by 2359 UTC tonight remains to be seen, but I doubt if they'll all get done in less than 24 hours. So here's the new timeline.. 30 May 2012 Application window … [Read more...] about ICANN Publish New TLD Timeline
ICANN's latest update has set a date of May 22 for the re-opening of the application system. What that means in terms of the "big reveal" is unclear at this juncture, though some skeptics are positing that it won't happen until the public meeting in Prague. I wonder if we can persuade Paddy Power to let us place bets on the reveal date :) Related articles ICANN … [Read more...] about New TLD Application System To Come Back Online At End of Month?