#ICANN budgetary cuts lead to Fellowship Program petition

ICANN has increased its 2019 budget for personnel costs by more than $7 million, all while decimating its Fellowship Program. A petition on Change.org points out that the ICANN Fellows program has been hit with a budgetary cut of 50% – something that it’s deemed “extreme.” According to the petition: We are deeply concerned about […]

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#ICANN to readjust budget : Massive sale of Home.Loans by Donuts was announced

ICANN’s recent budgetary cuts for 2018 might have to be readjusted, all thanks to the massive sale of the domain Home.Loans by Donuts, Inc. The new gTLD registry announced that it brokered the sale of Home.Loans for $500,000 dollars, or about 44.75 BTC at going rates. Citing new metrics arriving from the new gTLD market, […]

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No, the #ICANNWiki project is not just a “web site”

ICANNWiki, the portal devoted to the activities and functions of ICANN, isn’t simply a web site with a $50 dollar monthly budget for hosting. The recent news that ICANN is considering to not renew its sponsorship of ICANNWiki – a hefty 60% of its total budget – is definitely not good. Considering the recent revelations […]

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#ICANN might end its support of #ICANNWiki, leading to its shutdown

For a decade, ICANNWiki, the online portal that checks the pulse of the ICANN community, presenting its achievements and happenings, has been doing so diligently and with gusto. And now, ICANN might cut off its funding, all while millions of dollars went to paying off members’ trips! ICANNWiki announced the news today: ICANNWiki was recently […]

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Eye on #ICANN : Twitter account holding 2017 spenders accountable

Whoever operates the Twitter account, @EyeOnICANN, is keeping an eye on the 2017 spending by ICANN, disseminating the data. In recent weeks, Domain Incite noted that with a budget of $143 million dollars, ICANN is “running out of cash,” as the 2017 budgetary expenses exceeded $126 million dollars. Now, EyeOnICANN is taking the official travel […]

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#Satanism? #ICANN decision outrages the faithful with introduction of dot .666

ICANN approved the application of dot .666, a new gTLD aimed at establishing a global educational network on apocryphal studies, per its application details. It’s the first such approval in the new year, 2018. Often cited as “the mark of the beast,” the triple six number strikes a bad note with the religious faithful around […]

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#Despacito : Puerto Rico to host #ICANN61 all while half the island has no power

ICANN insists that Puerto Rico is staying the course, as host of ICANN61, in March. The hurricane-stricken island, sustained a complete power loss, after its infrastructure was destroyed by hurricane Maria last September. Between March 10 and 18, 2018, San Juan is scheduled to host the ICANN61event, despite news that almost half of the electricity […]

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Wedding crashed : #ICANN designates emergency registry operator for .Wed #domains

ICANN announced that the dot .Wed registry, Atgron, Inc., sustained a Registration Data Directory Services failure. In other words, the .Wed domain database was kicked in the gonads, and according to ICANN’s procedures, an Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) was allocated – in this case, Nominet. Such emergencies are rare, but in the case of […]

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ICANN : First day of #ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi begins

Beginning today, Abu Dhabi is hosting the ICANN event, ICANN60. The event’s rich agenda attracts thousands of spectators from less oil-rich countries, eager to cooperate on the next stage of the multi-stakeholder model. Today’s rich agenda includes among other things, the following intriguing discussions: Disrupting Uber in the new tech millennium, using the CamelRide™ app. […]

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ICANN 61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico : Will they have power?

The devastation that hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico is immense, and currently only 10% of the island has power. Millions of Puerto Ricans in San Juan and elsewhere depend on food rations to survive. Domain investors living in Puerto Rico, such as Rick Latona, are grateful to have escaped the hurricane’s wrath. Progress is […]

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Greek domainers : Papaki – the only ICANN accredited registrar in Greece

Operating an ICANN-accredited domain registrar in Greece, puts a lot of weight on the shoulders of Papaki. Operating from Papaki.gr and Papaki.com, the Greek domain registrar was founded in 2004 in Crete, Greece, by Dimitris Anthoulakis, Aggela Anthoulaki and Frank Maounis. In 2009, it became the top domain registrar for .GR and .EU domains in […]

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ICANN approves new gTLD Dot.ard for political domains

ICANN has approved the latest new gTLD, Dot .ard, an extension specifically for political domains with a conservative bias. Dot .ard was applied for by Donald Trump’s political campaign manager, to ensure that a recent epithet about the president remains under control. “Mr. President is aware of the ‘dotard’ allegations against him, by the Rocket […]

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