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Any current ICANN committees addressing domain ownership and theft?

The glitz and glamor of ICANN51 in Los Angeles, California, ends today; the many committees and subcommittees discussing upcoming changes in Internet governance conveniently failed to address the crucial element of domain ownership, and that of managing domain theft. With rampant incidents of domains being stolen from a grand variety of domain registrars, ICANN skirts […]

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Morocco: ICANN52 in the middle of the Ebola crisis

The current ICANN51 conference in Los Angeles, California, is attended by more than 2,500 participants, making it the 2nd most attended conference after ICANN50 in London, UK. ICANN52 is scheduled for Morocco, in the African continent, between February 8-12, 2015, in the city of Marrakesh. Many participants of the ICANN conference have raised a concern, […]

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Report from ICANN51: The Countdown to NamesCon – Including a premium domain auction

With 90 days remaining until NamesCon in Las Vegas, there is palpable excitement in the domain name industry about the upcoming Jan 2015 event. NamesCon focuses on distinct and diverse content and value for the audience, and has just announced the addition of a live domain auction to the 2015 program.  The Auction will include […]

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ICANN51 update: New Multi-Steakholder model fully approved

Months of hard work between committee and subcommittee members of the ICANN at large teams have come to fruition at ICANN51 in Los Angeles. The much acclaimed “Multi-Steakholder Model” is now officially approved, by the ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehadé, who playfully posed with the resulting study’s brochure: “This is a moment of triumph, a moment […]

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Domainer frontier: William Shatner tweets about NamesCon !

Can’t get more of an intergalactic promotion, than with a Tweet from Captain Kirk himself, aka William Shatner. The Canadian octogenarian actor – born in 1931 – boldly went where no man has gone before, tweeting the following: Addressing Jothan Frakes of NamesCon, the witty Star Trek fleet master welcomed ICANN51 participants as well. See […]

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ICANN51: Equal rights to female Cybersquatters a hot issue during conference

With ICANN51 underway in Los Angeles, California, the progressive state’s technocrats are pushing for gender equality on yet another field. Cybersquatting, a male dominated field, is about to expand its reach to include women – if the ICANN CEO’s proposal for a “Unigender Committee” is approved. “It is time to lift the existing gender inequality […]

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Aging supergroup U2 to perform during ICANN ‘gala’ in Los Angeles

The Irish superband, U2, will be among the top performers during the highly acclaimed ICANN51 ‘gala‘ in Los Angeles, California. ICANN president and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, announced the inclusion of U2 among other top celebrities to be performing. “As a manifestation of the multi-stakeholder model, we welcome and support U2 as a top performing band,” […]

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Did ICANN defy a Yemen “Travel Warning” issued by the U.S. Department of State ?

According to the U.S. Department of State, Yemen is on the “Travel Warning List” of countries that US citizens should avoid traveling to: “The Department urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Yemen and those U.S. citizens currently living in Yemen to depart. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Yemen issued on January 29, 2014. […]

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ICANN tweet invites 51st conference participants to Marrakech!

An apparent gaffe by ICANN’s official twitter account, invited participants of ICANN51 to Marrakech, in Morocco. The mistake was most likely caused by the current use of #ICANN51 as the primary hashtag for the upcoming ICANN51 conference, in Los Angeles, California. In fact, the link provided takes one to the Fellowship Application Round for ICANN52. […]

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ICANN 51: Should the Ebola virus epidemic be a concern for international attendees?

Medical experts around the world, such as Sanjay Gupta, are calling the recent Ebola virus epidemic in Africa “very dangerous“. Although the Ebola  virus isn’t airborne, it does spread through seemingly innocent bodily contact, such as handshakes, along with the exchange of bodily fluids, such as blood. International conferences that attract populations from the affected areas […]

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List of 6 cities where ICANN won’t be holding its conference any time soon

A long, long time ago we published a list of cities that ICANN should not be holding a meeting at. The list, published before the ICANN meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, made light of crime in various locations; some participants were eventually mugged or otherwise scammed at the time. Four years later, we’re now publishing an […]

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Internet Governance: France slaps the US, and it’s not about soccer

Unlike some unfounded stereotypes, the French do not surrender. Not only the white flag wasn’t raised during ICANN50 in London, but the French lobby pushing for the cancellation of the dot .Wine and dot .Vin gTLDs openly referred to ICANN as “an unfit venue for Internet governance“, adding that alternatives should be sought. After failing […]

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