ICANN Readout

ICANN66 Online Readout Session. When: Wednesday 11 December at 10.00 AM – 11.15 AM UTC Where: Zoom at https://icann.zoom.us/j/234707966 Agenda: Welcome Remarks | Baher Esmat [1 minute] Update from the GAC | Manal Ismail [10 minutes] Update from the GNSO (EPDP 2.0, SubPro, PDP 3.0…) | Rafik Dammak [10 minutes] Universal Acceptance of TLDs | Sarmad Hussain [10 minutes] Evolving […]


ICANN 68 Fellowship Now Open

ICANN68 Fellowship Application Round Now Open 15 November 2019 LOS ANGELES – 15 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN68. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN68 is a Policy Forum. The […]


Haunted by Europe’s GDPR, ICANN sharpens wooden stake to finally slay the Whois vampire

Whois to become Whoisn’t By Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco 23 Oct 2019 at 20:0032  SHARE ▼ Like a bad horror movie in which the vampire keeps coming back from certain death, the Whois protocol – which provides information on who owns specific internet addresses – has endured far longer than anyone wanted or expected. But the final act is nigh and the […]


ICANN is about to give Verisign its .com price increases

BY ANDREW ALLEMANN — OCTOBER 25, 2019 UNCATEGORIZED 38 COMMENTS Verisign CEO’s comments suggest price increases are on the way. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) held its quarterly investor call yesterday, and it seems that ICANN is about to give Verisign the price increases it wants for .com. The U.S. Department of Commerce updated its agreement with Verisign last year, allowing it to raise […]

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ICANN must do more to fight internet security threats

Dave Piscitello and Lyman Chapin, September 16, 2019, 20:24:36 (UTC), Domain Policy ICANN and its contracted parties need to do more to tackle security threats, write Dave Piscitello and Lyman Chapin of Interisle Consulting. The ICANN Registry and Registrar constituencies insist that ICANN’s role with respect to DNS abuse is limited by its Mission “to ensure the […]


The Ageless Warning of Icarus

Domain Name System (DNS) stakeholders should heed the cautionary moral from an ancient myth about straying in the strata. It wasn’t that long ago that, during a visit home, my brother asked me, “Why are you so stuck on this Internet thing?” His direct question caused me to realize that I had never actually stopped […]


The Case for Regulatory Capture at ICANN

ICANN, which regulates the domain name system, is reviewing the renewal of the .ORG registry contract with Public Interest Registry (PIR). It’s also running an identical process for .BIZ/INFO/ASIA, but they are of less concern to most people and don’t have the long history of existing pre-ICANN that .org does. The proposal was already discussed between PIR […]