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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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Google quietly launches .new domains sunrise

Google Registry will allow trademark owners to register domains matching their marks in the .new gTLD from tomorrow. While the company hasn’t made a big public announcement about the launch, the startup dates it has filed with ICANN show that its...
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Hindu god smites Chrysler gTLD

Car-maker Chrysler has withdrawn its application for the .ram dot-brand gTLD more than six years after receiving a government objection on religious grounds. Ram is a brand of pickup trucks manufactured by Chrysler, but it’s also a variant spelli...
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Top ICANN advisor Tarek Kamel dies at 57

Tarek Kamel, a senior advisor to the ICANN CEO and one-time shortlisted candidate for the top job, died yesterday, according to ICANN. He was 57. His cause of death was not released, but he apparently had been suffering from health challenges for some ...
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Radix acquires another gTLD

Radix has added the 10th new gTLD to its portfolio with an acquisition last month, bringing its total TLD stable to 11. The company has acquired .uno from Missouri-based Dot Latin LLC for an undisclosed amount. .uno, which of course means “one&#8...
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.whoswho survives!

The registry running the failing new gTLD .whoswho has managed to avoid having its contract terminated by ICANN. According to an update on the ICANN web site, Who’s Who Registry came back into compliance with its obligations earlier this week, me...
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Ageism at ICANN: It’s not the old people, it’s the young

Younger people are (slightly) more likely to observe ageism in the ICANN community than older people. When you hear the word ageism, most people think of stereotypes and exclusion toward older people. At ICANN, it’s the reverse. That’s according to a non-scientific survey the group took to understand ageism and age diversity within the ICANN […]

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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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