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Former NTIA chief Redl now working for Amazon

David Redl, the former head of the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration has joined Amazon as an internet governance advisor, I’ve learned. I don’t know whether he’s taken a full-time job or is a contractor, bu...
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Scenes from ICANN 66 in Montreal

ICANN’s Annual General Meeting started in Montreal on Saturday. This is my first visit to Montreal and I understand why people like it, at least during the warmer months. Walking around Old Town gives the vibe of being in Paris without the long trip for North America. Here are some pictures from the event. A […]

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Somber mood as ICANN 66 opens in Montreal

The opening ceremony of ICANN’s 66th public meeting set a somber tone, as leaders bade farewell to recently departed and departing colleagues. Outgoing chair Cherine Chalaby and CEO Göran Marby delivered eulogies respectively to senior vice presi...
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New (kinda) geo-TLD rules laid out at ICANN 66

The proposed rules for companies thinking about applying for a geographic gTLD in the next application round have been sketched out. They’re the same as the old rules. At ICANN 66 in Montreal today, a GNSO Policy Development Process working group...
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Crunch time, again, for Whois access policy

Talks seeking to craft a new policy for allowing access to private Whois data have hit another nodal point, with the community now pressuring the ICANN board of directors for action. The Whois working group has more or less decided that a centralized m...
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ICANN’s babysitting fund goes live

ICANN has started accepting applications for its childcare grants program. As previously reported, ICANN plans to offer up to $750 per family to community members who have no choice but to show up to its meetings with their offspring in tow. The money ...
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