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Malaysia relaxes travel restrictions ahead of ICANN 75

Malaysia has made it easier for foreign travelers to enter the country, which should take some of the headaches out of going to ICANN 75 next month. According to local reports, the Malaysian government web site, and official UK travel advice, those entering Malaysia are no longer required to fill out a “travelers card” on […]

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Early “dot-brand” adopter wants to scrap its gTLD

One of the first adopters of the dot-brand gTLD concept, which has an active portfolio of resolving domains, has asked ICANN to tear up its registry contract. The Australian Cancer Research Foundation said it no longer wishes to operate .cancerresearch, which it has used since 2014. It’s a bit of a strange, possibly unique, situation, […]

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Unstoppable Domains threatens rival Handshake domain name

A dispute between blockchain domain name owners is a preview of what’s to come. Blockchain domain name company Unstoppable Domains has threatened to sue a Handshake domain name service for offering registrations under the .wallet Handshake domain name. The company sent a cease & desist letter (PDF) to Gateway.io, a company that acts as a […]

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ICANN names NomCom chairs

ICANN has announced its picks for chair and chair-elect of its influential Nominating Committee, raising questions about the latter role for not the first time. The board of directors has picked Vanda Scartezini as chair and Amir Qayyum as chair elect, according to a newly published resolution. It’s the third time in recent years that […]

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ICANN’s top brass get pay raises

ICANN’s CEO and several top executives are to receive pay raises amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. The Org’s board of directors has approved a 4% raise for Göran Marby and four other of the top brass, with CFO Xavier Calvez getting an extra 4.5%. The board also approved the payment of Marby’s bonus, […]

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New gTLD prep work delayed until December

ICANN has confirmed that the current phase of preparation for the next round of new gTLDs will last six weeks longer than previously expected. The new deadline for the delivery of the Operational Design Assessment for the project is December 12, almost certainly pushing out board consideration of the document out into 2023. The extension […]

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New gTLDs WILL be delayed by Whois work

The next round of new gTLD applications will be delayed by ICANN’s work on Whois reform, ICANN chair Maarten Botterman confirmed today. In a letter to his GNSO Council counterpart Philippe Fouquart, Botterman states that the new gTLDs Operational Design Phase, which was due to wrap up in October, will have to proceed with an […]

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ICANN meeting returns to L.A. in November

Gathering for registrars and registries will take place in November. ICANN’s Contracted Parties Summit (GDD Summit) returns in person this fall. It will take place in Los Angeles from November 1-4, 2022. The exact location has not been disclosed. The organization informed its contracted parties (registries and registrars) of the event via email, and Michele […]

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New gTLD in trouble as largest registrar gets suspended

The .gdn gTLD registry, Navigation-information systems, is facing more trouble from ICANN Compliance, but this time it’s because its largest registrar has got itself suspended for non-payment of fees. ICANN has suspended the accreditation of Dubai-based registrar Intracom for failing to cure an April breach notice demanding money, not implementing an RDAP service, not escrowing […]

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