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Muslim world still thinks .islam isn’t kosher

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has repeated its objection to the gTLDs .islam and .halal ever seeing the light of day. OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaimeen wrote to ICANN earlier this month to declare that its position on the two controve...
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Child abuse becoming big problem for new gTLDs

There were 3,791 domain names used to host child sexual abuse imagery in 2017, up 57%, according to the latest annual report from the Internet Watch Foundation. While .com was the by far the worst TLD for such material in terms of URLs, over a quarter ...
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Some men at ICANN meetings really are assholes

Several men have been accused of sexual harassment at ICANN meetings. A group of women have written to ICANN with five stories of how they were groped, intimidated, objectified or otherwise harassed in violation of not only common decency but also ICAN...
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ICANNWiki fans protest funding cut

ICANN should continue to fund the independent ICANNWiki project, according to high-profile industry supporters. As I first reported back in December, ICANN plans to stop giving a $100,000 annual grant to ICANNWiki, a repository of about 6,000 community...
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Community calls on ICANN to cut staff spending

ICANN should look internally to cut costs before swinging the scythe at the volunteer community. That’s a key theme to emerge from many comments filed by the community last week on ICANN’s fiscal 2019 budget, which sees spending on staff in...
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ICANN loses comms chief to Fannie Mae

ICANN’s top PR guy has quit for a job at Fannie Mae. Duncan Burns, senior vice president of global communications and managing director of the Washington DC office, will leave the organization next month after the ICANN 61 meeting in Puerto Rico....
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