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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Entire Slovak ccTLD .SK was stolen, claims Czech technocrat

Czech technocrat, Ondřej Caletka, alleges that the Slovak ccTLD, dot .SK, was stolen in 1999. After the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993 into the Czech Republic (now Czechia) and Slovakia, both countries were given new ccTLDs: .CZ and .SK respectively. While the Czech Republic’s ccTLD management history seems normal and boring, that wasn’t the same […]

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Could ICANN restrict the Qatar gTLD if commanded?

On Monday, the Saudi Press Agency released a statement accusing Qatar of “harboring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region”. Arab nations are cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, so perhaps ICANN could extend these measures in the digital realm as well. In a world where the physical […]

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10 years ago : Almost a million Registerfly customers moved to GoDaddy

Oh, how time flies, and in the case of Registerfly it stinks too. May 29th marked the 10th year anniversary of a mass exodus of Registerfly customers to GoDaddy, as the defunct ICANN-accredited registrar faced legal problems. After months of not paying customers renewals to a variety of domain registries, Registerfly agreed to move these […]

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ICANN eat well : Where is the budget money going

With strong budgets allocated to the success of the multi-stake holder model, ICANN officials made healthy earnings in 2016. To ensure transparency and honest disclosure of numbers related to budgets and wages, such financial statements and usage are released to the public. “Trips around the world are costly, and managers, whether middle or higher up […]

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