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Techdirt : Sketchy #ICANN executives and the #ORG deal

An article at Techdirt refers to the “self-serving” .ORG deal as the result of very “sketchy” actions by executives at ICANN. The article points out the various steps in the deal that secured the removal of price caps for .ORG domains, and once this was in place, the announcement of PIR’s sale for a reputedly […]

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#CZDS, the #ICANN #domain zone file platform is only 71% efficient

ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS), is not very efficient, with only 71% of requests to gain zone file access responded to after 3 business days. CZDS is basically a portal giving access to daily raw data related to new domain registrations and deletions. The zone files follow a specific format and such files can […]

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#ICANN paper : More than 2,000 new #gTLDs are expected for Round Two

ICANN released a short paper with notes about the next round of new gTLD applications. Titled, “ICANN Org’s Readiness to Support Future Rounds of New gTLDs,” the paper arrived right before the organization’s 65th meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, from June 24th-27th. The document anticipates 2,000 new gTLD applications for its next round, with a limit […]

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#ICANN scraps Dominican Republic meeting scheduled for 2023

ICANN has canceled its Dominican Republic gathering for ICANN77 Policy Forum, and is looking for an alternate locale for its luxurious meeting. Following recent mysterious deaths of American tourists in the Dominican Republic, the ICANN Team for Luxury Travel Planning (ICANNTLTP) has announced its deep concerns. “We want everyone to have a great time at […]

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#GDPR bullshit : Cause of #WHOIS nightmare is not a Euro money maker

GDPR, the bullshit Euro-law crafted to generate penalty money for the Eurocrats, is failing its privacy claims. According to a report from Digi.me, GDPR driven data breaches result in penalties only for 0.25% of the cases! This astonishing fact makes everyone in the domain world wonder why in fuck’s sake did ICANN push for WHOIS […]

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On the #domain road to #Bangkok : Go Thai with #ICANN GDD summit “fun facts”

ICANN’s Global Domains Division summit (GDD) is taking place in yet another exotic destination, Bangkok. Accredited registrars and gTLD registries will get together for a three-day summit taking place in Thailand’s capital, between May 6-9, 2019. One night in Bangkok, says the old song by Murray Head, so what are some fun facts for the […]

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#FreeSpeech .com : Kirikos’s new blog takes punches at #ICANN bureaucracy

Domain industry veteran, George Kirikos, has been fighting the bureaucratic processes of domaining for almost two decades. The Canadian domain investor with Greek roots is known for his vociferous stand on domain issues and procedures, engaging ICANN on many occasions and prompting others to share important news. Kirikos has launched a new blog from FreeSpeech.com, […]

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#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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