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 […]


ICANN Marrakech Kickoff

The ICANN 65 Marrakesh Policy Forum started early on Monday June 24th in Marrakesh. Pictures of the event can be seen here https://www.flickr.com/photos/glennmcknight/albums/72157708741661357 Schedule https://65.schedule.icann.org/meetings?classes[]=Groups%3A%3AMeetings%3A%3AMeeting ALAC Collaborative notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hOMkGG-e9qq3QyhIXDDC1LVETd5s7UMF/edit# Follow the ZOOM Stream at This session is for At-Large leadership, including ALAC Members, RALO leaders and ALAC Liaisons. Interested members of the ICANN community are […]


ICANN’s Recent .amazon Decision Denounced by Presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia

MAY 26, 2019 / Andean Presidential Council during a gathering in Lima of the Andean Community regional bloc issued a joint statement opposing delegation of the top-level domain ‘.amazon’ to the Amazon Inc.The presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia have criticized the recent ICANN decision to grant global retailer Amazon the rights to the .amazon top-level domain. The […]


ICANN Strategic Plan

ICANN Publishes Revised Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025Executive: Theresa Swinehart, Senior Vice President, Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives  Revised Draft Strategic Plan reflects comments received during a public consultation held between December 2018 and February 2019 on the Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025, and at a public session held at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan. A summary of […]

Amazon ICANN

Amazon prevails in battle with South American countries for ‘.amazon’ domain name

BY MATT BINDER E-commerce giant Amazon has prevailed in its domain name battle with Amazon, the geographic region in South America. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has approved of Amazon’s proposal to run the top level domain name extension “.amazon” after a 7 year dispute with more than a half dozen […]