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ICANN terminates 450 drop-catch registrars

Almost 450 registrars have lost their ICANN accreditations in recent days, fulfilling predictions of a downturn in the domain name drop-catch market. By my reckoning, 448 registrars have been terminated in the last week, all of them apparently shells operated by Pheenix, one of the big three drop-catching firms. Basically, Pheenix has dumped about 90% […]
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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 : First day of #ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi begins

Beginning today, Abu Dhabi is hosting the ICANN event, ICANN60. The event’s rich agenda attracts thousands of spectators from less oil-rich countries, eager to cooperate on the next stage of the multi-stakeholder model. Today’s rich agenda includes among other things, the following intriguing discussions: Disrupting Uber in the new tech millennium, using the CamelRide™ app. […]

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Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages and designed for […]
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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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