#ICANN64 for domainers : Gala dinner could feed half of Africa!

ICANN64 is going strong in Kobe, Japan; the international gathering of industry masterminds is preparing to reshape the future of domaining. With Russia restricting Internet access to its citizens, offering its own version of Internyet, ICANN64 visitors have plenty to talk about through Thursday. Naturally, feeding the hundreds (thousands?) of domain ambassadors requires a lot […]

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Coming in 2020 : Dot .Airport to be a new #gTLD applicant

The future of new gTLDs is about to expand into the skies, with the upcoming application for dot .Airport. Although there’s no defined date for a new round of gTLD applications, the general consensus places that in 2020 or 2021. The dot .Airport applicant is founded by a European domain investor, broker and long-standing participant […]

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#ICANN shut down inactive #CZDS accounts with no explicit warning

ICANN has moved to shut down inactive CZDS accounts on its data portal, without any explicit warning. The system suffered security breaches in its early days, and is primarily being used to tap into gTLD data and daily registration records. By shutting down dormant CZDS accounts that have not been used in a year, ICANN […]

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Broken mirror : #ICANN deletes new brand #gTLD dot #Spiegel

ICANN has deleted the new brand gTLD, dot .Spiegel by removing it from the IANA root zone. The German-owned brand gTLD never took off, having had only one domain, nic.spiegel, in the IANA database. That’s basically the default reserved Registry domain. Spiegel means “mirror” in German. The following information reflects the dot .Spiegel applicant, a […]

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#Amazon peoples launch peaceful protest outside #ICANN headquarters opposing new gTLD

The embattled gTLD dot .Amazon has been a thorny issue in ICANN’s side; for a few years now, indigenous Amazon peoples have been blocking its launch. Amazon, the monolithic online retailer, wants dot .Amazon for its own use – just like it owns dot .AWS for its web and cloud hosting services. The Amazon people […]

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#ICANN using #Playmobil figures to illustrate its #multistakeholder model principles!

ICANN is getting creative; the bureaucratic behemoth deciding on the future of domain names has long been proud of its multistakeholder model process. What is the multistakeholder model anyway, and is it related to steaks? According to Wikipedia, it’s not an exclusive ICANN process: “The multistakeholder governance model, sometimes known as a multistakeholder initiative, is […]

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#Domain ganja : Is #ICANN a new #cannabis dispensary?

ICANN is known for its function as a – mostly – bureaucratic organization overseeing all things related to domain names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers helps ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. For example, in order for a new gTLD to get approved, it goes through the application process that […]

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Millennial #domainer invests in new dot .BRO gTLD

New gTLDs are all the rage these days, although some old school domainers still refuse to accept this new domain world order. Millennial domain investors running Austin or Silicon Valley corporations, are openly investing in new gTLD extensions, and the latest one past the ICANN gates is dot .BRO. Frank “Fritz” Krejewski operates his Santa […]

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#ICANN62 ended today in #Panama and here are the results

ICANN62 ended today in Panama, bringing together an elite group of technocrats, inquisitive minds and exotic buffet aficionados from around the world. The event was highly successful, and ICANN President and CEO, Göran Marby, delivered a short farewell speech from the podium: “Dear friends and colleagues, dear members of the several dozen committees, I am […]

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#ICANN62 begins in #Panama tackling important #domain issues

Earlier today, ICANN62 opened its gates in Panama, home of the world famous canal. Thousands of hard-working technocrats, male and female, congregated in the opening ceremony. ICANN president and CEO, Göran Marby, chimed the opening bell, with a speech of appreciation for the massive results ICANN members of multiple committees have achieved during 2018. “I’m […]

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#Security expert Brian Krebs rips #ICANN in #GDPR report covering #WHOIS

Investigative journalist, Brian Krebs, covers the onslaught of GDPR and how it will complicate his security research, and that of others. In an article, titled “Security Trade-Offs in the New EU Privacy Law,” Mr. Krebs debunks a series of myths and misconceptions about GDPR and in the process, it rips ICANN a new hole. […] […]

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#Domain legislation ante portas : #WHOIS going dark would be a mistake

European regulations about data privacy, are about to break one of the oldest status quo instances on the Internet: the domain WHOIS. Turning WHOIS into a dark book of redacted information would be a mistake. Several companies, such as Facebook, Microsoft and Time Warner, sent a letter to ICANN, urging the multinational organization to “immediately […]

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