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Even post-Weinstein, no sexual harassment complaints at ICANN

There have been no formal complaints of sexual harassment in the ICANN community since the organization introduced a zero tolerance policy back in March, according to the Ombudsman. That’s even after the current media storm about such behavior, precipitated by the revelations about movie producer Harvey Weinstein, which has given men and women in many […]
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Corwin joins Verisign

Phil Corwin, the face of the Internet Commerce Association today quit to join Verisign’s legal team. He’s now “policy counsel” at the .com giant, he said in a statement emailed to industry bloggers. He’s also closed down the consulting company Virtualaw, resigned from ICANN’s Business Constituency and from his BC seat on the GNSO Council. […]
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ICANN heading back to Morocco in 2019

ICANN has picked Morocco for its mid-year meeting in 2019. The June 24-27 meeting, ICANN 65, will be hosted by the Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations at the Palmeraie Resort in Marrakech. That’s the same venue as ICANN 55 in March 2016. It’s a Policy Forum meeting, meaning it has an abridged agenda, an expected […]
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Refund “options” for in-limbo gTLD applicants?

ICANN may just be a matter of weeks away from giving applicants for the .mail, .corp and .home gTLDs an exit strategy from their four years in limbo. Its board of directors on Thursday passed a resolution calling for staff to “provide options for the Board to consider to address the New gTLD Program applications […]
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Concern as ICANN shuts down “independent” security review

Just a year after gaining its independence from the US government, ICANN has come under scrutiny over concerns that its board of directors may have overstepped its powers. The board has come in for criticism from almost everyone expressing an opinion at the ICANN 60 meeting in Abu Dhabi this week, after it temporarily suspended […]
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Egyptian elected new GAC chair

Manal Ismail, Egypt’s representative to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee, has been elected its new chair. She will replace outgoing chair Thomas Schneider, a Swiss official, after the current ICANN 60 public meeting in Abu Dhabi wraps up later this week. Ismail is director of international technical coordination at Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority, NTRA. Schneider […]
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ICANN shifts dates on five public meetings to avoid holidays

ICANN has changed the proposed dates of five out of nine forthcoming public meetings in order to avoid clashes with religious festivals and national holidays. The meetings affected — ICANNs 70 through 78 — are all scheduled for 2021, 2022 and 2023 and naturally don’t have any venue selected yet, so nobody is going to […]
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Amsterdam refuses to publish Whois records as GDPR row escalates

Two Dutch geo-gTLDs are refusing to provide public access to Whois records in what could be a sign of things to come for the whole industry under new European privacy law. Both .amsterdam and .frl appear to be automatically applying privacy to registrant data and say they will only provide full Whois access to vetted […]
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One in three women say they have seen sexism at ICANN

Almost a third of female members of the ICANN community say they have witnessed sexism in the community, according to the results of a recent survey. Asked “Have you ever experienced or witnessed what you perceive to be sexism or gender bias within the ICANN community?”, 30% of women respondents said “Yes”. Only 17% of […]
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Election season at ICANN

Two significant votes are coming up soon in the ICANN community, with the GNSO Council looking for a new chair and the ccNSO ready to select a new appointee for the ICANN board of directors. The ccNSO election will see an actual contest for what is believed to be the first time, with at least […]
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