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Pranksters targeted #ICANN with #Zoom pornography

ICANN Zoom meeting participants were “flashed” online during the first day of ICANN68 – an ongoing event that takes place entirely online. Apparently, pornographic videos were on display by meeting participants that attempted to disrupt the conference, which was not password-protected. ICANN referred to these pranksters as “trolls” and issued changes to their Zoom meeting […]

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#Domain authority : Splitting away from #ICANN and the zone

It seems that 2019 set a new record – and we’re not talking about Joey Chestnut eating 71 hotdogs in 10 minutes at the annual Coney Island contest. In 2019 there were 3216 UDRPs filed. With the huge, global, move to online business, you can expect more of the same in 2020. There might be […]

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PIR-o-mania : And now get ready for unlimited price increases for dot .ORG #domains

The acquisition of the PIR Registry by Ethos Capital might have been cockblocked for now, as ICANN put the brakes on the transaction. Bending flat under pressure, ICANN announced that apparently PIR is doing just fine right now, as a profitable company with a valuation of more than $1 billion dollars. Relinquishing their non-profit status […]

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Should the #ICANN president, Göran Marby, resign?

ICANN president and CEO, Göran Marby, delivered his seal of approval for the deal presented to Verisign, managers under contract of .com and .net domain names. In exchange, ICANN will be bestowed $20 million dollars over 5 years, to perform DNS infrastructure improvements. In effect, ICANN gave no real consideration to thousands of comments by […]

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RRSG : #ICANN group advising registrars to focus on all new #Coronavirus #domains

RrSG is the Registrar Stakeholder Group within ICANN. Citing current domain registration trends involving terms related to the Coronavirus pandemic, the group has shared its guidelines in a document titled, “Registrar approaches to the COVID-19Crisis.” Says the ICANN document: “Given the severity of the current global COVID-19 pandemic and in view of potentialmalicious registration of […]

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#ICANN president : I have decided to execute the amendment of the .COM Registry Agreement

Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO, announced that he gave Verisign the green light with regards to the .com Registry Agreement. The agreement allows Verisign to increase prices by 7% during each of the last four years of each six year contract renewal. Additionally, the wholesale price of a .com domain would increase from $7.85 […]

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#ICANN shared its post-ICANN67 policy report but we had to edit it!

ICANN has shared its post-ICANN67 policy report, calling its virtual community gathering a success. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Cancun in Mexico wasn’t the destination of choice, and ICANN67 took place 100% online. So what is this report about? Says David Olive, Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support: “This Post-ICANN67 Policy Report captures decisions and […]

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#ICANN president on .COM #domain prices : Articles perpetuate misunderstandings!

ICANN posted a new editorial claiming that industry articles that have been written about .COM price increases “perpetuate misunderstandings.” Signed by Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO, the article says that ICANN is not a domain pricing regulator. But ICANN gave the green light to .COM Registry, Verisign, to uncap its pricing increase limits, so […]

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#ICANN bans travel to #China and Hong Kong thanks to #Coronavirus

ICANN has issued a travel ban to China, Hong Kong and Macau, to its organization members. The travel ban applies to all staff and includes connecting flights. ICANN is citing the WHO classification of the Coronavirus as a Global Health Emergency as the reason for this extraordinary notice. How exactly does ICANN plan to enforce […]

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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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