Domainer Comics : The End of the Internet era

Welcome to another edition of Domainer Comics, the open-ended coverage of current domain industry events. Sometimes, it’s about fun subjects, other times it’s about serious subjects. Today, October 1st, 2016 marks the end of the Internet era as we know it. Effective today, IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority responsible for the global coordination of […]

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ICANN : IANA is ready to relinquish control of the Internet, god-willing

The United States Department of Commerce, sent an official notice to ICANN yesterday, regarding the final stage of the Internet control transition. The notice indicates that it is still NTIA’s intent to allow the contract to expire as of October 1, 2016, “barring any significant impediment.” There is no clear definition of what a “significant […]

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This trademark owner will NEVER get the matching dot com domain!

It’s one of these cases that makes one scratch their head in amazement. When you spend thousands of dollars to secure a trademark in several classes, spanning hundreds of different items and objects, not to mention thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees, what good is all that if you’ll never be able to get the […]

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Congressman Sean Duffy: Do not surrender our Internet, ICANN!

Congressman Sean Duffy represents Wisconsin’s 7th District for the Republican party; he’s an American politician, prosecutor, former sports commentator and reality television personality. Duffy’s YouTube channel recently included a Fox News take on the transition of core Internet functions away from US government oversight. During the three minute clip, aptly titled “Must not cede control […]

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Americans for Limited Government on ICANN: Cannot surrender the First Amendment!

An article by Robert Romano, senior editor of Americans for Limited Government points out the dangers of transferring control of key Internet functions from the US government, to a yet unspecified international body. Romano indicates that the US government is bound to the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of speech:   “All ICANN is, […]

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ICANN: Getting ready for ‘Public Discussion’ of transition away from US government control

With the ICANN49 conference in Singapore ending today, ICANN has prepared a checklist that lays the groundwork for the IANA transition – the move away from US government control. The multistakeholder-designed process for the community, was presented at ICANN49 and its purpose has been to address how the mechanism of the transition should occur. The […]

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ICANN49 & IANA transition in Singapore: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

ICANN49 continues for the 4th day today in Singapore, and the question remains: Who should oversee the Internet? A new article on Bloomberg.com raises several valid points about the timing and method of the expected transition away from US government control: “The NTIA has done an exemplary job protecting the Internet’s openness and stability with […]

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WP Archive: ‘Obama administration joins critics of U.S. nonprofit group that oversees Internet’

A Washington Post article from exactly three years ago, titled “Obama administration joins critics of U.S. nonprofit group that oversees Internet” delivers some important insight about the US government’s concerns related to the ICANN’s pressure to surrender oversight of key Internet functions. “The California nonprofit organization that operates the Internet’s levers has always been a […]

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Interview from 1995: Who made this man the ‘King’?

The late Jon Postel was an American computer scientist who among his many contributions, administered the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) until his untimely death in 1998. In 1995,  David S. Bennahum, then a contributing writer for WIRED, had an interview with Jon Postel, and the following dialogue ensued: David Bennahum: [Some people say,] “Well, […]

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From G8 to ICANN49: Russia joins Singapore conference

After a much anticipated exit from the G8 over the Crimea crisis, Russia is joining forces with the ICANN pro-globalization committee. Andrei Globilenko, Russian representative for the Kremlin Bureau of Intercultural Propaganda (KBIP), took the podium at ICANN49 in Singapore. “Ladies and gentleman, let me thank you, and assure you that profil we aim to […]

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Edward Snowden: I will gladly help ICANN transition away from US control

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who has found asylum in Russia, appeared on TED Vancouver today. Speaking to the crowds through a specially designed touch-screen terminal, Edward Snowden embraced the transition that ICANN has planned, away from US control. “The people of the world should be free, and the ICANN declaration of independence is […]

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United Nations official applauds the US government announcement to relinquish Internet control

The global party is already starting with the blessings of the US government; per the ICANN announcement of March 14th, the US will relinquish control of core Internet functions by September 2015. It feels as if the proverbial rug has been pulled from under the feet of those Americans whose taxes, time, ingenuity and volunteerism […]

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